As recently reported, many DACA renewal applications mailed well in advance of the October 5th deadline were not delivered by that date, due to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delays. As a result, the USCIS rejected thousands of applications filed by Dreamers.
Immigration attorneys and advocates notified the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the delivery issues, strongly objected to the rejections.
Following these widespread reports, on November 15, 2017 the Acting Secretary of DHS announced she had directed the USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from Dreamers who resubmit their DACA renewal request with documentary proof that the original application was mailed by a date which should have been received by the USCIS except for the USPS delivery delays.
In recent days, the DHS released further information about the issue and resubmission guidelines in its “Frequently Asked Questions: Rejected DACA Requests.”
The FAQ’s advises Dreamers that the USCIS will identify applications which were rejected due to USPS delivery delays and others which were simply rejected in error and contact Applicants directly by mail with instructions for resubmission. Dreamers whose applications were rejected, who have not received notification are directed to email the USCIS “lockbox” (which is the mailroom in charge of accepting or rejecting incoming applications) with copies of USPS mail receipt showing the date of mailing and expected date of delivery or other evidence to prove that the application was rejected in error.
Those concerned can get a link to read the DACA FAQ’s and get the lockbox email, by visiting www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link
Advisory About Phone Scams and Tax Identity Theft
Now that the 2018 Tax season is fast approaching, the USCIS Public Engagement Division is reminding immigrants to beware of tax phone scams. Immigrants are being advised not to fall victim to scammers who call and say they are with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
There has been an increase in aggressive phone scams where people call and threaten Immigrants with police arrest or deportation if they don’t pay a fine over the phone by credit, debit card or other means.
DON’T become a victim to these scams.
The USCIS and IRS wants Immigrants to know that a real IRS agent will:
- NEVER call and demand immediate payment over the phone
- NEVER try to threaten or intimidate, NEVER demand payment with a prepaid debit card, or ask for your credit card or debit card number over the phone and NEVER threaten to call the police or immigration agents if you don’t pay.
Individuals you receive a call like this, should immediately report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 800-366-4484.