As a result of the January 9, 2018, federal court decision compelling the federal government to resume accepting renewal applications, USCIS will begin accepting DACA renewal applications in accordance with guidance posted on the USCIS website.
Starting January 13, 2018, USCIS will accept DACA renewal applications for individuals who were previously granted DACA, specifically:
Individuals whose DACA status expired on or after September 5, 2016, may file a renewal application.
Individuals whose DACA status expired before September 5, 2016 or whose DACA was terminated can submit a new initial DACA application, which would need to include all evidence establishing eligibility for DACA.
USCIS will not accept applications from individuals who have never had DACA status before.
At this time, it is unclear whether USCIS will accept early renewal applications now from DACA recipients whose DACA does not expire for 150 days or more (i.e. after June 2018).
Although the federal government has not yet appealed or sought a stay of the district court’s order, it is unclear how long the order will remain in effect and how long USCIS will accept renewal applications, so individuals eligible to apply for renewal should consider filing as soon as possible.
On October 3,2018 U.S. District Judge Edward Chen issued a preliminary injunction blocking the administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti.