UMKC School of Law will provide free assistance to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applicants (DREAMers) who are eligible to renew their applications before the Oct. 5 deadline set by the White House.

Through the DACA Renewal Pro Se Clinic, School of Law students, faculty and alumni will help eligible individuals complete and submit renewal applications so they may continue to live and work in the United States.

DACA allowed people who were brought to the U.S. as children to obtain the ability to work, attend school and remain free from deportation for two-year periods as long as they met strict eligibility criteria. The criteria included high school enrollment or graduation or military service, no criminal record for felonies or serious misdemeanors.

Many will now need immediate assistance to prepare their paperwork to renew this permission before the deadline. Under the current government policy, only individuals eligible for renewal between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 can file a DACA renewal application, and the renewal application must be received by the Oct. 5 deadline. The clinic will not provide any legal or other immigration services.

No appointment is necessary and any DACA holder with an expiration date before March 5, 2018 may attend one of the sessions. The clinic will be located in the UMKC School of Law, 500 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64110.

Schedule

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 30
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Mon., Oct. 2

Metered parking will be available on the fifth level of the Cherry Street Garage off Oak and 50th streets and general parking will be available in the School of  Law parking lot at the corner of 52nd and Oak streets.

Eligibility
Clients eligible to attend the clinic to apply for a two-year renewal of DACA must:

  • Have DACA status and a work permit that expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 and
  • Not currently be involved in immigration proceedings.

If the above does not apply, please refer to this advisory from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (English | Spanish) and contact an immigration attorney to determine your next steps. The DACA Renewal Pro Se Clinic will also have a list of local immigration attorney resources.

Items to Bring

  • Your work authorization card
  • Your Social Security card
  • Your state-issued ID, if you have one
  • A copy of your first DACA application and approval notice
  • Two passport photos
  • If you have been arrested, charged with a crime or received a ticket, all paperwork related to that offense.

All personal information remains strictly confidential.

Please Note: There is a $495 government filing fee upon submission of the renewal application. (UMKC Law assistance is free, but the School of Law cannot cover the DACA application fee.)

Questions? Contact Alyssa Baker at bakeraly@umkc.edu.