USCIS guidance for DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service

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Mail service issues affected DACA renewal requests

Mail service issues affected DACA renewal requests last week. USCIS addressed this issue with a small memo today. Below is the summary of the memo.

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. While DACA policy remains rescinded and individuals can no longer request renewals. Acting secretary of Homeland security Elaine Duke directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who can provide proof that originally mailed renewal reached USCIS office on time and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

Individuals affected by the mail service error who do not have such proof (mail received time/Signature etc.) can contact USPS. USPS might review the cases on an individual basis and provide a letter if appropriate. In addition, the memo also directs USCIS not to accept requests that do not include individualized proof proving that the individual mailed the request in a timely manner. (To be received by the October 5 deadline, and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.)

Furthermore, USCIS discovered that certain DACA requests reached the designated filing location by deadline, but were still rejected. USCIS will proactively reach out to those DACA requestors to inform them that they may resubmit their DACA request. In addition, if the individuals do not receive such notification he or she may resubmit the DACA request with proof that the request reached the designated filing location on or before the filing deadline. Additionally, expect USCIS to provide further guidance on Monday, November 20.

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