Following reports that DHS rejected 4,000 timely-filed DACA renewal applications for being late due to USPS delays, DHS Secretary Elaine Dukes directed the USCIS to accept the applications, provided that the resubmissions include “individualized proof” that the applications were originally mailed in a timely matter and that the delivery delay was because of USPS error. Secretary Dukes did not define what constitutes proof of timely filing; however, those who do not have such documentation can contact USPS to review their cases. USPS will provide applicants with letters to submit to USCIS with the resubmissions, if appropriate.

USCIS also discovered that it rejected some timely-filed applications in error, and will reach out to those applicants to advise them to resubmit their applications. Those not contacted by the USCIS who believe their applications were erroneously rejected may also resubmit their applications with proof that their applications were received timely at the designated filing location.