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Over 900 DACA applicants rejected due to mail error

Without a doubt, government bureaucracy and red tape can cause a lot of headaches. Usually, these are small issues that are resolved fairly quickly. Recently, though, there was a major bureaucratic mishap that affected nearly a thousand people. Due to a mailing delay, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly rejected the work renewal applications of over 900 immigrants.

The people affected were young immigrants who were requesting temporary renewal for their work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program allows approximately 800,000 people whose parents brought them to the United States illegally to remain in the country without risk of deportation. Though the Trump administration has canceled DACA, residents whose permits were set to expire before March 5, 2018, were given the choice to renew their applications for a period of two years.

Apparently, 900 of these applications were mailed from the post office by the deadline of Oct. 5, but were late arriving at the agency’s offices. As a result, the agency may have mistakenly rejected hundreds of applications. In response, U.S.C.I.S. has notified the applicants that they will have one additional month to resubmit their materials. The agency states that about 4,000 late applications were rejected in total. The United States Postal Service is currently working with U.S.C.I.S. to determine whether there are more applications that were affected by the mishap.

Anyone who believes that their work renewal application was rejected because of the mail error may contact the U.S.C.I.S.

Anyone who believes that their work renewal application was rejected because of the mail error may also contact an immigration lawyer.

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