DACA’s Rescission and Free DACA Renewals (for DACA expiring between Sept. 5, 2017 and Mar. 5, 2018)

    Sep 05, 2017

    Earlier today, the Trump administration announced an end to the DACA program. This decision was unfair and wrong. We stand in solidarity with all people affected by the issue. In this message, we share important information for DACA recipients and provide an update regarding steps that this office is taking in response to the announcement.

    Below are important pointers for all DACA recipients to keep in mind:

    • DACA and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) will be valid until they expire. You can find the expiration date of your EAD at the bottom of your work permit and the DACA expiration date on your I-795, DACA approval notice. These two dates are usually the same.
    • USCIS will no longer accept or process initial DACA applications filed after September 5, 2017.
    • If you have an EAD/DACA that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you need to apply for a two-year-DACA renewal by October 5, 2017. If the renewal is granted, it will be valid for 2 years.
    • USCIS will no longer approve advance parole requests associated with DACA.

    In response to the announcement, we have decided to provide free legal services to eligible individuals filing DACA renewal applications. If you are a current DACA recipient, you may be eligible for these services if your DACA application expires before March 5, 2018 and your renewal application needs to be received by USCIS by October 5, 2017.

    If you are eligible for these services, the office is willing to provide legal representation in your DACA renewal as long as you are able to meet with us in person at the Law Office of Helen Lawrence, based in Oakland, California. If you are unable to come to the office in person, we can provide assistance to you with filing a pro se DACA renewal.

    If you are interested and eligible for these services but cannot afford the cost of the government fees, we can assist you with fundraising efforts.

    Please fill out this form if you are interested in our services. If you don’t have access to a computer, call or text (510)922-0261 and leave a message. We will contact you in the near future to conduct a screening and schedule you for an in-person appointment.

    Any information shared in the form will remain confidential.