DACA renewals begin, for some 30 day filing window has already started!

by | Jun 6, 2014 | Firm News |

Many initial grants of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as “DACA”, expire this year, and the renewal period has just begun, with the release of the renewal application form this week. As anticipated, applications should be filed within a 30 day window to keep their employment authorization current. The earliest DACA beneficiaries will need to act fast, as that thirty-day window has already started, and for others it is coming soon.

First, it is important to understand not everyone has the same filing window, but rather it depends on the expiration of the current DACA grant. USCIS will only accept DACA renewal applications filed within 150 days of expiration of the current grant. Some people are therefore eligible to apply for DACA renewals right now, or will be eligible shortly. DACA grants are for two years, and USCIS began approving DACA applications and related work authorization in September, 2012, with expiration dates in September, 2014.

It is especially important for those with DACA expirations in September, 2014 or shortly thereafter to be ready to file for renewals promptly. Even those with later expiration dates should be prepared to file for renewals shortly after they are eligible.

This is because while USCIS will not accept a renewal application unless the DACA grant expires within 150 days, the agency also suggests filing no more than 120 days before the expiration to keep continuous employment authorization. Filing no more than 120 days before expiration is not a requirement, but a USCIS-recommended practice to keep continuous employment authorization. This is because the agency estimates it will take about 120 days to process the renewal application and accompanying employment authorization.

Therefore, while USCIS will still accept renewal applications filed within 120 days of expiration, late filers will likely face a gap in employment authorization. They are still eligible for renewal, but after the current DACA grant expires they will not be employment authorized until the renewal application is approved. By law, businesses can only employ those with current employment authorization, meaning those who fail to renew their DACA early enough may have periods in which they are unable to work legally.

The 120-day processing window for an employment authorization document is fairly standard, but of course does not leave much time for DACA renewals to be filed. In some cases, USCIS takes more than 120 days to process a work permit, and the agency indicates it “may” automatically extend the initial grant of employment authorization while a renewal is processes- if the applicant filed with the 120-150 day window.

It is important to state again that USCIS is still deciding exactly how to proceed with the DACA renewal process. They may ultimately grant short-term employment-authorization extensions for anyone who timely files a DACA renewal, or may possibly not grant short term extensions at all. With the current guidance, however, those with DACA grants expiring later this year are well-advised to plan ahead and be ready to file within 120 to 150 days before expiration.

Finally, for those who are DACA eligible, but who have not applied yet- it is not too late! USCIS is still accepting new DACA applications.

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Big News- Firm Merger and Consolidation to Oakland!

Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor has formed Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

San Francisco Office has Moved to Join Oakland Office

We are thrilled to announce the merger of Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor, two highly respected Bay Area immigration law firms, which took place in April 2021. The new firm, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combines decades of immigration experience in the subfields of family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, humanitarian visas, and criminal immigration.

Additionally, the former Park & Taylor office in San Francisco has moved to join the Oakland office at 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. While the office is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, our staff is still available by phone, email, and text message, and all consultations and client appointments will continue by phone or video. We look forward to physically reopening our expanded and improved Oakland office when it is safe to do so.

Partners Jesse Lloyd and Anita Mukherji, both certified specialists in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar, lead the firm. Karyn Taylor has joined as Of Counsel, and Angela Bean remains as partner and Anna von Herrmann as Of Counsel. The Park & Taylor staff have brought their two decades of experience to the team.

Please contact us at (510) 433-1900 or www.beanlloyd.com with any inquiries.

¡Anuncio importante- Unión y Consolidación de Dos Bufetes! Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor han Formado Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

La oficina de Park & Taylor se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland

Estamos emocionados de anunciar la unión entre Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor, dos bufetes de inmigración muy respetados en el Área de la Bahía, lo cual ocurrió en abril del 2021. El bufete nuevo, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combina décadas de experiencia en inmigración familiar, defensa de deportación, asilo, visas humanitarias, e inmigración criminal.

Además, la antigua oficina de Park & Taylor en San Francisco se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland en 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Nuestra oficina está temporalmente cerrada al público debido a COVID-19. Nuestro personal seguirá estando disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y texto. Todas las consultas y citas de clientes, continuarán por teléfono o videollamada. Estamos emocionados para reabrir físicamente nuestra ampliada y mejorada oficina de Oakland cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Los socios Jesse Lloyd y Anita Mukherji, dos especialistas certificados en ley de inmigración y nacionalidad por la Barra del Estado de California, dirigen el bufete. Karyn Taylor es abogada retirada pero se ha unido al bufete, Angela Bean permanece como socia y Anna von Herrmann sigue siendo parte del bufete. El personal de Park & Taylor ha compartido sus dos décadas de experiencia con el equipo.

Por favor contáctenos al (510) 433-1900 o www.beanlloyd.com con sus preguntas.

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