U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request deferred action under DACA, and in light of the mail service delays identified by USPS, Acting Secretary of Homeland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.Details
Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry.Details
A group of 39 US Senators on Tuesday urged interim Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke not to use the personal data of undocumented youths known as “Dreamers” to deport them.Details
CHICAGO — A coalition of Illinois-based advocacy groups is urging immigrants to apply to become American citizens now that the state legislature has restored funding for needed services. The effort is part of the New Americans Campaign, a national campaign now in its sixth year.
The campaign has seen an uptick in citizenship applications over the last two years.Details
California Is Officially A Sanctuary State, Governor Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Legislation; SB 54 Law Goes Into Effect January 2018
A major step in the fight to protect undocumented immigrants living in the State of California was accomplished last month as Governor Jerry Brown recently made the bold move signing a bill that makes the state a sanctuary haven for its more than 2.3 million illegal immigrant residents.Details
The Office of Councilman Curren Price, in collaboration with immigrant rights groups CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights) and CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), will host two emergency DACA renewal workshops to assist DREAMers before a crucial Oct. 5 deadline.Details
With just one week until the window closes for DACA recipients to renew expiring permits, immigrant rights groups, government and school officials and immigration attorneys are out in force with a united message: Renew, renew!
Their message is directed at those whose permits will expire by March 5, 2018, but who now only have until Oct. 5 to get their renewal applications into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Failure to meet the deadline — delivered not postmarked — will cause the recipient to lose his or her temporary protections from deportation, as well as the social security number and work permit that come with DACA status.Details
USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request:Details
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) or green card lottery is a program that makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually to countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) administers the DV Program.
The 2019 program registration runs from noon on Oct. 3 through noon on Nov. 7.Details
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of South Sudan (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) through May 2, 2019.Details