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What You Need to Know About Renewing Your DACA

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially announced the process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to renew their status. If you have DACA, here are the things you need to know for your renewal:

(1) The form is still I-821D, but it is a NEW version and there is NO grace period between the old form and the new one. This means that any forms sent in beginning today (June 5, 2014) must be on the updated form or else they will be rejected as improperly filed.

Options for those who no longer have their passport or proof of lawful entry into the United States

Here is a common scenario with respect to immigration issues in the Pacific Islander community: You arrived in the United States many years ago on a tourist (B1/B2) visa. You were supposed to return to your country of origin within 6 months, however, you chose to remain in the US past the expiration of your visa. You NOW have a US Citizen Spouse, child (over 21), or parent (if you are under 21), who can petition for you to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder).

New SHORTER procedure for applying for a Green Card outside of the U.S.

By Leah L. Tuisavalalo, Pasifika Immigration Law Group

(Fresno, CALIF.)--On March 4, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS or "Immigration") began accepting applications under a program that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances.