While we are still focused on getting the Dream Act fully enacted, this memo reminds us that it is a really limited program in concept. It is already necessary to prepare for what is required for renewal, since it is only valid for two years.
A National Immigration Law Center DREAM UPDATE
This past Wednesday, Dec. 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited the public to provide comments about the renewal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Members of the public have until February 18, 2014, to provide comments on the draft DACA renewal form. After that, USCIS will publish a final form and instructions.
Until USCIS releases the final form and instructions, there is no renewal process. You can begin preparing for the DACA renewal process by saving money for the fees.
Under the DACA program, certain immigrant youth can receive a work permit that is valid for two years. The final DACA renewal form will allow DACAmented youth to apply to renew their work permits for another two years.
As we receive more information, NILC will keep you posted on the DACA renewal process. More information about the DACA program is available at www.nilc.org/dreamdeferred.html.
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