The Deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Applications is Thursday

October 3, 2017, USCIS will adjudicate DACA renewal requests received by Oct. 5, 2017, from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. USCIS is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA.

The Trump administration announced that it would end DACA last month and called on Congress to pass a more permanent fix. The government does not plan to extend the deadline. The administration has said that it will continue to process initial applications that were already pending and renewal applications received by Thursday.

Individuals with EADs associated with DACA that expire after March 5, 2018, are no longer eligible to submit a renewal request. However, their current DACA and work authorization will remain valid until they expire, unless otherwise terminated or revoked.

Individuals with DACA and associated work authorizations that expired on or before Sept. 4, 2017, who had not properly filed a renewal request that was received on or before Sept. 5, 2017, are also no longer eligible to request renewal.

About 15 to 20% of people who have DACA are eligible for other visa options including asylum, special status for juveniles, visas for victims of trafficking or other crimes, or cancellation of removal.

"We are treating each renewal as an emergency and are warning 'dreamer' clients to prepare for worst-case scenarios and explore other visa options with us."

- Donald Smith, Managing Attorney, Litwin & Smith

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