In a message sent to the California State University (CSU) community this week, Chancellor Timothy P. White urged undocumented students and employees benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their applications in an effort to delay their possible deportations.
DACA recipients whose status expires on or before March 5, 2018 were strongly urged by the chancellor to complete and submit a DACA renewal application as soon as possible to ensure that it is received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no later than October 5, 2017. Applications received after that date will be rejected.
“Renewal of your DACA status may be your only opportunity to obtain an additional two years of deportation protection and legal work authorization,” White stated.
Those who need help completing their application can find free legal support services here.
The chancellor also recommended that those who need financial assistance to cover the $495 renewal application fee should apply to the Mission Asset Fund which is providing 2,000 Dreamers with scholarships that will cover the full cost to renew DACA permits. Those applying will need to complete a questionnaire and provide an employment authorization document (EAD) card. A $495 check payable to the Department of Homeland Security will then be issued within 48 hours. To apply click here.
“I strongly disagree and formally denounce the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program,” White said in a statement. “The program will be phased out as each recipient’s DACA status and employment authorization document (EAD) expire. Again, some DACA recipients will be allowed to renew their application for an additional two years but must act immediately.”
For more information about the rescission and additional resources, click here.