Can I renew my DACA?

No. You can’t. At lteast not yet. However, USCIS did announce how receipients granted DACA by ICE between June 15, 2012 and August 15, 2012 can apply. Click here for article discussing those instructions. I am more interested in the school requirement that USCIS discussed. USCIS confirmed what I have been telling my clients for a over a year. That is, if you applied for a general educational development (GED) you can’t quit and expect to renew your DACA two years later. Just to review, you can satisfy the school requirement if you graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from a high school, obtained a GED certificate, or were honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States. This only concerns those who were in a GED program when they applied. USCIS says you must:

  1. Have successfully completed an education, literacy, or career training program (including vocational training) and obtained employment,
  2. Are currently enrolled in high school, postsecondary school or a new/different education, literacy or career training program, or
  3. Have made substantial, measurable progress toward completing an education, literacy, or career training program.

If you haven’t finished your GED program and have been procrastinating, I strongly urge you to go back and finish. USCIS will not renew your DACA if you don’t show substantial and measurable progress toward completion of the program. We don’t konw how that is satisfied, but attending for over a year is not going to help you. If you want more information, request a FREE copy of our book, “Pitfalls of Obama’s Deferred Action for DREAMers” by clicking here.