United States - USCIS Resumes Accepting DACA Renewal Applications
As a delayed reaction to the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco on January 10, 2018, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. The agency indicated in a statement published on Saturday, January 13 that they would follow the DACA guidance which was in place before the program was rescinded by the current administration on September 5, 2017. (See USCIS Statement, last accessed on 01/19/18). According to the statement, USCIS indicated they will not accept any advanced parole applications and only accept renewal applications if the applicant’s DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016. Until further notice, USCIS is not accepting any new/first time DACA applications.
Last night, in the evening of Thursday, January 18, the U.S. Department of Justice requested the Supreme Court to immediately intervene in the case and overturn the injunction imposed by Judge Alsup. (See Article by Washington Post, last accessed on 01/19/18). We are awaiting further developments in this contentious case.