We are recommending EVERYBODY to renew their DACA now, but please read below.
The information below has been curated based on publicly available documents issued by the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, Immigrant Justice, FWD.us, and the Department of Homeland Security. None of this information replaces legal advice.
UPDATE November 12, 2019: the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has started listening to arguments related to the termination of the DACA program by the Trump administration. A decision can be expected in May or June of 2020.
Additionally, the administration has proposed increasing the application and renewal fees for DACA from $495 to $765 in order to account for “operational fees” of an “already over-extended system,” according to a statement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. Critics say the hike could deter DACA recipients from applying for renewal.
Due to the uncertainty of how SCOTUS will ultimately decide these cases, if your DACA expires in the next year, we strongly encourage you to consult an immigration attorney or DOJ-accredited representative and submit your renewal application as soon as possible! You are eligible to renew if you have DACA now or have had DACA in the past. There have already been hundreds of thousands of renewals since courts first issued the injunctions that reopened the renewal process, — let’s keep it up. Remember: you have rights, and you can still renew your DACA today.
- If the SCOTUS decides to terminate the program and you have filed for renewal, USCIS may “grandfather in” already-accepted applications and continue processing them or USCIS may stop processing already-accepted applications and may return the application fees that were submitted with the unprocessed applications
- If you apply early and are granted DACA renewal, your “new” DACA and work permit may start being valid before your “old” DACA and work permit expires. Nevertheless, your new work permit will expire two years after its date of approval.
- The processing times listed on the USCIS website range between 5 to 39 months depending on which service center has your case. The processing times seem long but anecdotally we’ve heard of cases taking 3-5 months to process still. Consider the possibility of your case taking longer to process than the previous times you applied.
- REMEMBER: New applications are still NOT being accepted at this moment, and advance parole is NOT available.
RESOURCES IN GEORGIA:
The Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is the top grassroots organization working with DACA recipients to providing support, organizing specific actions and convening youth.
The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is leading the work in mobilizing for protests.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta has a sliding scale for DACA renewal fees with excellent in-house attorneys. Call them:
The Coalition of Latino Leaders in Dalton has a FREE (or very very low cost/donation-based program) with excellent legal volunteers. Contact them here: email@example.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CLILAnwga/
The Hispanic Alliance of Gainesville has a low fee legal program for DACA renewals, connect with them here: 678-779-9997 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alianzaga/
The Latin American Association has a low fee immigration department doing DACA renewals. You will need proof of income and $50 USD cash required for an initial consultation. Legal services only provided in-person. Please go to the following locations to schedule your consultation:
Dekalb County location – In person. Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Lawrenceville location – Walk-ins. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or call 404-702-0271 (intake/payment by phone during those same 3 days).
U-Lead Athens has well-trained volunteers doing DACA renewals for DACAmented individuals in the surrounding Athens area. Contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
This DACA Renewal Fund is generously seeded by a number of Latinx Giving Circle Members and individual donors. YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS FUND BY DONATING HERE