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Immigration has always been a topic of discussion and attention. Recently Pope Francis also conveyed a message that political leaders all across the world should not spread the fear of immigrants and should stop instigating violence and racism. He also stated that the advanced and developed nations of the world should be more compassionate and accommodate migrants who are relocating on the grounds of natural disaster, war, discrimination, poverty and numerous other issues.




Good news is that USCIS is going to accept renewal applications from DACA applicants who had originally mailed their applications in timely manner, however, the applications were received with delay by the USCIS due to mail service issues.


Last few weeks had been very stressful for the young DACA applicants. Thousands of applications for renewal were submitted by the applicants well before their expiry time. However, due to some issues at the USPS office, these applications reached the respective USCIS service center after October 5, 2017 (announced as the cutoff date for submitting renewal applications).


There were several discussions as to what would be the fate of such applications?


Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error. 


Applicants those affected by the mail service error who do not have any individualized proof can contact USPS, which will review the cases on an individual basis and provide a letter if appropriate to the applicant. USCIS will review such applications.


USCIS also stated that it has identified certain cases in which the DACA requests were received at the designated filing locations (e.g., at the applicable P.O. Box) by the filing deadline, but were rejected. USCIS will proactively reach out to such DACA applicants to inform them that they can resubmit their DACA request. 


USCIS also mentioned that if a DACA requestor does not receive any such notification and believes that his or her DACA renewal request was received at the designated filing location by the filing deadline, he or she may resubmit his or her DACA request with proof that the request was previously received at the designated filing location on or before the filing deadline.


USCIS has informed that it will soon issue additional guidelines on the same.


For more such latest news and updates on immigration, please visit www.emandilaw.com.

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