DACA Renewal Lawyer in San Jose

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At Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C., Medya Ansari is a DACA renewal lawyer in San Jose.

Your DACA status means everything to you. Work with our experienced DACA attorney in San Jose to renew your status. Contact us today to discuss your case.

DACA Renewal Immigration Lawyer

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United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) is continuing to process and approve DACA renewals. Even though new applications are paused, you may still extend your current, valid status.

Medya Ansari of Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C. is an experienced lawyer for DACA renewal cases. Serving our community with compassion and excellence, we help our clients reach their immigration goals.

How a DACA Lawyer Can Help

We may help you if:

  • You need to renew your DACA status.
  • You need legal advice about your immigration options.
  • A Notice of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) arrived, and you need help responding.
  • You must reply to a request for additional evidence (RFE).
  • There is a need for travel while you have DACA status.

What are the benefits of DACA?

Someone with current DACA status may receive:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license
  • Work permit
  • Stay of deportation for two years, which is renewable
  • Permission to stay in the United States
  • Easier process for applying for student financial aid and scholarships
  • Easier access to healthcare services and housing

DACA does not confer U.S. citizenship. It does not confer lawful permanent residence status.

The DACA program does not only benefit the recipient. It benefits all of society.

Most DACA recipients have graduated high school. About half have a college education. They contribute approximately $13.3 billion to the economy annually. More than 1 million U.S. citizens live in a household with a DACA recipient.

Latest News for DACA Renewals

The September 2023 ruling by Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. Southern District of Texas is currently stayed, pending appeal. DACA may continue for now for current recipients. The case is being appealed. It may eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Trump administration tried to end DACA in 2017. However, they did not follow the correct procedures, so legal challenges prevailed. Then, a group of state governments launched a separate legal challenge, trying to have DACA thrown out.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to Judge Hanen for a ruling on the Biden Administration’s DACA regulations. While Judge Hanen ruled the regulations unlawful, he also issued an injunction for current recipients. That means if you have DACA now, you can renew it.


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Reasons DACA Renewals Get Denied

  • The applicant does not have a valid DACA status.
  • The renewal application is not timely filed.
  • One of the required forms is missing.
  • There is a technical error, and the applicant does not know how to correct it.
  • Fees are not paid.
  • Failure to change address results in not receiving important notices.
  • A request for more information was not responded to.
  • The applicant traveled without authority.
  • Disqualifying criminal convictions or a national security threat.

DACA Renewal Steps

Complete and submit:

  • I-821D
  • I-765
  • I-765W
  • Criminal or removal records, if applicable
  • Pay the fee (with a credit card authorization form, if paying by card)

To renew your DACA status, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have not left the United States since August 15, 2012 (except for advanced parole)
  • Continuous residence in the United States since your last DACA request
  • No felony or disqualifying misdemeanor convictions
  • Not a threat to national security

When should you apply for DACA renewal?

Apply for DACA renewal 120–150 days before your status expires. There is no benefit to applying earlier, but applying late may cause your employment authorization to lapse.

Check your I-797 DACA approval notice for your expiration date.

DACA Renewal Denials, Appeals

If your DACA renewal has been denied, there may be things that you can do. There is no appeal of a discretionary denial. However, if the denial was for a technical reason, and the reason was incorrect, you can ask to reopen the application or have reconsideration.

DACA renewals are discretionary. That means it is important to have a lawyer looking at everything. As your lawyer, Medya Ansari can identify important aspects of your case and represent your interests.

DACA and Marriage

With DACA recipients living and thriving throughout the United States, marriages between U.S. citizens and DACA recipients are common. Marriages between lawful permanent residents and DACA recipients are common, too.

Marriage may allow the DACA recipient to convert their status. The process depends on whether the spouse is a citizen or resident. The spouse may need to leave the United States to apply. For marriage to a citizen, the spouse may be able to apply from the United States with no special process required.

Medya Ansari works to solve complex immigration cases for clients. We can evaluate your situation and explain your options. Then, we do everything to pursue your immigration goals.

Help From a San Jose DACA Renewal Lawyer

The San Francisco metropolitan area is home to a large population of DACA recipients — and we are here to help you, too. Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C. handles DACA renewal cases in San Jose, in the Bay Area, and throughout California.

Get legal representation from a DACA renewal lawyer today. Contact us today at 408-292-7995 or complete our online form.

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