Almost a week after a judge blocked the Trump Administration from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services says it’s once again accepting renewal applications. On Saturday, the agency gave the greenlight to recipients whose DACA had expired on or after September 5, 2016 to renew the protection. Those whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 can file a new request. (However, those who have never been received DACA benefits cannot apply.) With no clear indication that the administration will challenge the injunction, immigration activists and politicians are urging young undocumented immigrants to file their applications immediately. But with the $495 fee remaining burdensome for some – especially on a short notice – it may not be possible for all who want to apply.
Breaking! USCIS is now accepting #DACA renewals if your DACA expired after September 5, 2016. Get a full $495 fee assistance grant to re-apply ASAP!! https://t.co/deMFSk709z https://t.co/mhl0m59ncd #HeretoStay #CleanDreamAct pic.twitter.com/PEQzuxrwWl
— Mission Asset Fund (@MAFpajarito) January 14, 2018
That’s where Mission Asset Fund comes into play. The same day the news broke, Mission Asset Fund tweeted that it’s paying the full $495 for those who need it. (Learn more here.) Just over the weekend, the nonprofit organization granted 1,000 people with renewal grants, and it hopes to help more. Mission Asset Fund is now raising money to give 1,000 others the $495 they need to reapply. (Donate here.)
Since USCIS’ announcement, other immigrant rights groups sprung into action, offering legal assistance to those who intend to renew. Check out a few tweets below:
Stay tuned – we will share our office hours to assist anyone who is eligible to renew.
Remember we need to keep fighting for a #CleanDreamAct & everyone else!
— Inland Empire – IYC (@IE_IYC) January 14, 2018
If you think you may have been eligible to renew your #DACA prior to the program being terminated and would like to confirm your eligibility, contact us! @DreamerFund_ is working with a team of #Immigration Attorneys to screen and assist potential #renewal applicants. #DefendDACA pic.twitter.com/uuwIC5ah2r
— Dreamer Fund (@DreamerFund_) January 15, 2018
Free #DACA renewal appointments this week in Chicago with NIJC 1/16/19-1/19/18. Sign up at: https://t.co/vHG7lXR4Uq. If you had DACA or currently have DACA that will expire, we recommend you seek immediate legal assistance &, if eligible, immediately renew your DACA! pic.twitter.com/XzSwMbASHd
— National Immigrant Justice Center (@NIJC) January 15, 2018
USCIS posted a DACA renewal update! The process returns to what was in place before 9/5/17. Call us for help @ 702-386-1070 x1750 (Eng) or x1756 (Sp).@ClarkCountySch @Culinary226 @CSNCoyote @NevadaState https://t.co/i3W5HqcyhI pic.twitter.com/oZzLjx2ZWf
— Legal Aid Center (@LegalAidSNV) January 15, 2018
Hey, by the way. If you need legal help in getting a DACA renewal. Please call @PacificMcGeorge Community Legal Services at 916.340.6080 tomorrow.
— Kishwer Vikaas (@Phillygrrl) January 15, 2018