On July 16, 2021, Judge Andrew Hanen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a decision saying that DACA was not lawfully enacted.  

If your DACA is expiring anytime in the next 6 months, contact CASA immediately at  240-491-5764 to get help with the renewal process.

What this means right now: 

USCIS will continue to accept and can grant DACA RENEWALS. 

USCIS will continue to accept, but cannot approve any INITIAL (first time) DACA applications. o Any initial DACA applications that are currently pending will be “frozen” until further notice. 

Current DACA Recipients 

If you currently have DACA, this decision does not affect your DACA status or your ability to renew your  DACA for now. 

Advance Parole 

USCIS announced on July 19, 2021 that current DACA holders may still apply for and travel on Advance  Parole subject to the same conditions as before Judge Hanen’s order. 

If you are thinking about traveling on Advance Parole, we recommend you consult with a trusted  immigration attorney beforehand. Call 1-866-765-2272 to connect with a member of CASA’s legal team  for a consultation or referral.  

Previous DACA recipients whose DACA has expired 

If your DACA is currently expired, you can still apply to renew as long as you still qualify for DACA. If your  DACA has been expired for over a year, you have to prove that you meet all of the requirements for DACA  as if you are applying for the first time. Contact CASA at 1-866-765-2272 for more information. 

New DACA applicants who have submitted their applications, but have not yet been approved  

USCIS will not process any applications that are currently pending. This means that USCIS will neither grant  nor deny any currently pending DACA applications at this time. 

Even if you already mailed your DACA, received receipt notices, and/or have gone to your biometrics  appointment, your application will still be “frozen” until further notice. 

New DACA applicants who have not yet submitted their applications 

New DACA applicants who are currently working on preparing their applications can continue to do so.  However, if you choose to submit your DACA application to USCIS, there is no guarantee that the  application will ever be granted. You also risk losing the $495 filing fee and revealing your personal information to the government. 

We recommend talking to a trusted immigration attorney before submitting an initial DACA application. 

If you have any questions, or need help renewing your DACA, please contact Emily Sullivan by email at  esullivan@wearecasa.org or by phone at 240-491-5764.