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DACA Renewal Is Here!

If you received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and your work permit through USCIS, updated forms and guidance for renewal is right around the corner. USCIS recently published guidance for DACA renewals and has released the required the new form. We recommend you begin working on your renewal application no later than 180 days (or 6 months) prior to your expiration date. Some of the key points for DACA renewals are listed below. Be sure to keep checking back here or for any changes and updates.
  • The new Form I-821D has been released. The new I-821D will be a dual use form for both first time applications and renewals.

  • Renewal applications will not be accepted any sooner than 150 days (or 5 months) prior to the applicant’s expiration date.

  • It is strongly encouraged that you do not file your renewal application any later than 120 days (or 4 months) prior to your expiration. If you do not file at least 120 days before your expiration you run the risk of your status and work permit expiring before your renewal application is approved. Approval of renewal application is not retroactive and you will begin to accrue illegal presence in the U.S. if your DACA status expires prior to your renewal application being approved.

  • The qualifications for DACA have not changed.

  • You will only need to supply documents and evidence that were not previously submitted to USCIS. For renewal, we suggest gathering the following:

    • Current status or completion of high school, GED, or equivalent
    • Evidence of continuous residence in the United States since filing your initial application
    • Copies of any records of immigration proceedings or certified copies of court records of incidents that occurred after filing your initial application

*Note: If you received DACA through ICE, your renewal process is slightly different and renewal is available now. Please contact our office for further details.

In-State Tuition at CMC:

Colorado Mountain College voted to give undocumented students in-state tuition!

New Provisional Waiver Process:

Starting March 4, 2013, spouses and parents of U.S. citizens who will need a waiver or pardon for their unlawful presence in the U.S. can ask for the waiver before leaving the U.S. This new process will keep families together and reduce the amount of time a family member must wait outside the U.S for the consulate to process the visa.

In order to qualify for this new process, you must have an approved I-130, and paid the immigrant visa processing fee, and not have been scheduled for an interview at the consulate before January 3, 2013. There are additional requirements if you have a case in the immigration court.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

Efforts are being made to amend immigration laws to offer a path to citizenship for individuals in the U.S. There are no actual laws written yet, the process is still being negotiated in Congress. However, we will update the website as we learn more. We have noticed in the various proposals that there is an emphasis on learning English and paying taxes. We suggest that you start now to make sure you are working on both of these issues.

All dreamers – to get work permit you must qualify:

  1. You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  2. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
  4. Are currently residing in the United States at the time of application to USCIS
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Please contact us for more information about the procedure

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Federal officials say that families would also be protected from scrutiny.

"We have internally set it up so that the parents are not referred for immigration enforcement if the young person comes in for deferred action," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN. "However, the parents are not qualified for deferred action. This is for the young people who meet the criteria that we've set forth."

Western Colorado's Full-Service Immigration Only Law Firm

Immigration Lawyer in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Aspen Colorado
The Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. has been leading the way in opening new doors for Western Colorado's immigration clients with an office centrally located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Our office has a reputation for excellence in providing legal services to individuals, families and businesses. We combine our legal knowledge with teamwork and personalized service to get the results our clients seek.

Personalized Legal Service to Focus On Your Unique Needs

Immigration and nationality law is a complex and constantly changing area of law. A knowledgeable and trained immigration attorney can effectively advise and represent individuals before the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Court.

The Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. prides itself on getting to know the clients with whom we work and understanding our clients' unique issues and goals. We offer a personal touch and superior customer service to each individual that we represent. Each case is assigned to a team of professionals with includes an attorney and paralegal with knowledge and expertise in immigration law.

Immigration Expertise

Our attorneys are all members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of immigration attorneys. We are members of the National Immigration Project. We frequently appear as experts in the courts, community, and the media. Our attorneys and staff have lectured in special areas with various professional and community groups.

We have successfully represented clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts. In addition, we have successfully represented businesses facing hiring compliance issues under federal and state law.

If you are interested in speaking with an attorney from the Law Office of Jennifer M. Smith, P.C. about your immigration matter, please call (970) 945-5111, or email us at We look forward to working with you!

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