If your DACA is set to expire within 150 days, click here to make a phone appointment to renew your DACA.

July 28, 2020 – The Trump administration announced that it will reduce protections for DACA holders and reject certain applications while it conducts a legal review after the Supreme Court ruling on June 18. The administration says it will limit renewals to one year rather than two, reject initial requests and application fees for new filings, and reject all applications for advance parole except under “extraordinary circumstances.”

Given the administration’s refusal to accept first-time applicants, EBSC is providing informational workshops and appointments to PREPARE first-time DACA applications. As of now, we are NOT sending first-time applications to USCIS.

Stay tuned for updates and challenges to this decision. 

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DACA Program Staff

General: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org

Shiori Akimoto
shiori@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 510-859-4553

Brenda Gomez
brenda@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 925-587-6053

Yoshira Mendes
yoshira@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 707-395-7113

DACA Renewal Appointment

You can renew your DACA if you have received DACA approval in the past, even if it has been expired or terminated by USCIS.

We especially encourage you to make a renewal appointment soon if your DACA expires within 150 days or if it has already expired and you have not submitted your renewal application form. USCIS no longer accepts renewal applications sent more than 150 days before the current expiration date. You cannot renew your DACA if you have a pending DACA renewal application.

If you wish to make an appointment please fill out our DACA appointment request form. Our staff member will contact you via text message to set up a phone appointment. 


Q: How does the Supreme Court decision affect me? Should I apply for or renew my DACA?

A: We encourage everyone to make an appointment with EBSC for a consultation to apply for or renew their DACA if it expires within 150 days. If you have been arrested since the last approval you can make an appointment for a consultation regardless of the expiration date. Click here to request a phone appointment today!

Q: Can you pay for my DACA application fee?

A: We have a limited amount of funding to pay our clients’ application fees. Make sure to request an appointment before September 25, 2020. After September 25, unfortunately, we do not have funds to pay for the filing fee. However, you can get a no-interest loan to pay for your fee from our partner organization, Mission Asset Fund. There is also a matching fund if you live, work, or study in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.

Q: Why is EBSC providing appointments for first-time DACA applicants even though USCIS has not announced it will accept first-time applications?

A: First-time DACA applications often take a long time to prepare, especially for clients who are older or clients with complex cases. We are providing appointments now so we can start preparing cases and have them ready to mail as soon as USCIS resumes application processing.


Q: As a DACA recipient, can I apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI)?

A: Yes. As long as you had a valid work permit during the base period (a base period is a specific 12-month term the EDD uses to see if you earned enough wages to establish a UI claim) and will stay valid while you’re receiving benefits. (This is another reason why it’s  so important to renew your DACA)

Q: Will applying for Unemployment Insurance negatively affect my current or future immigration application? Also, a receipt of Unemployment Insurance considered a receipt of public benefits?

A: No. UI is not considered public benefits therefore it will not affect your current or future immigration applications negatively.

If you have questions about public benefits, such as Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, and Cal-WORKS, please contact Shiori Akimoto by email or text message.

More questions? Please send them to daca@eastbaysanctuary.org.