January 20, 2021:
The Biden Administration issued a Memorandum for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security on Preserving and Fortifying DACA. Based on the Memorandum, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall take all actions he deems appropriate, consistent with applicable law, to preserve and fortify DACA.
According to USCIS:
“In compliance with an order of a United States District Court, effective December 7, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:
Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years; and
Extending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years.
USCIS will take appropriate steps to provide evidence of the one-year extensions of deferred action and employment authorization documents under DACA to individuals who were issued documentation on or after July 28, 2020, with a one-year validity period under the defunct policy.
DHS will comply with the order while it remains in effect, but DHS may seek relief from the order.
This page provides information on requesting consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). You may request DACA for the first time or renew your existing period of DACA if it is expiring.”
Legal experts are also monitoring State of Texas v. Nielsen DACA case, which was heard on December 22, 2020. As we await the decision, it should be noted that that this case could alter the program once again.
These agencies provide free to low cost legal services such as application renewal assistance. Reach out to the agencies below to schedule an appointment or visit their drop in/workshops. *Note that some agencies provide both application assistance and scholarship funds while some only provide application assistance.
- Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
(408) 287-9710 | 991 W Hedding St. #202, San Jose 95126
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
(408) 613-7583 | 2625 Zanker Rd. #201, San Jose 95134
- Center for Employment Training (CET)
(408) 534-5451 | 701 Vine St. #115, San Jose 95110
- Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center*
(408) 288-7030 | 1030 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
*Katherine & George Alexander provides DACA renewal application assistance but does not provide scholarship assistance
- Step Forward Foundation*
(408) 915 - 8698 | 16264 Church Street #103, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
*Step Forward Foundation provides DACA renewal application assistance but does not provide scholarship assistance
- Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
(408) 453-3003 | 1415 Koll Circle #108, San Jose 95112