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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the agency is accepting DACA renewal applications from certain individuals at this time.

It is extremely important that any individual who needs to file a DACA renewal application and did not do so prior to October 5,2017 do so IMMEDIATELY, without any delay.  The reason for this is that the Government is seeking a reversal of the recent  federal court order that the Government must continue to accept DACA renewal applications.  Should that order be reversed, the renewal process will be closed immediately. That could happen in a matter of days. (Presumably, if the process is closed by court order,  all renewal applications in the pipeline will be dealt with according to the procedures in place at this time.)

Here are the current rules and explanations for who may renew at this time.  (The reference to USCIS is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau of the Department of Homeland Security):

1.     1.  If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2017, you may send USCIS DACA renewal applications. This means you must fill out the latest versions of Form I-821D, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS Worksheet.

2.      2. If your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must reapply through an initial application, not renew. Everyone must include the date your DACA expired or will expire on Part 1 of the Form I-821D.

3.     3.   USCIS will not accept any first-time DACA applications. No new or first-time DACA applications will be accepted by USCIS. 

4.     4.  Requests for advance parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted. 

The official page on the USCIS website with links to the relevant forms for each category of renewal applicant is found below.  Please note that the 2016 dates found in the announcement would appear to be a typo.



September 29, 2017



Dear Mastery Community,


The deadline to apply for a 2-year renewal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is October 5th.  Thanks to a generous donation from a Mastery partner, any students, alumni, parents of Mastery students, teachers, or staff that are eligible for DACA and financially constrained by the $500 filing fee can receive financial assistance.


If you need financial assistance in order to re-apply for DACA, please reach out to your school’s Family and Community Engagement Manager or Ceci Schickel directly at so we can quickly process your filing fees before the October 5th deadline.





Ceci Schickel, Senior Director of Organizing and Advocacy

Dr. William Hayes, Principal, Mastery East Campus & Mastery High School of Camden

Rickia Reid, Principal, Mastery Molina Upper Elementary

Robyne McLeod, Principal, Mastery Molina Lower Elementary

Meredith Howell-Turner, Principal, Mastery Cramer Hill Lower Elementary

Jessie Gismondi, Principal, Mastery Cramer Hill Upper Elementary

LaQuanda Jackson, Principal, Mastery McGraw Elementary


School Contacts & Phone Numbers

Mastery East Campus (East Camden Middle): (856) 966-5111
Mastery High School of Camden: (856) 966-5111
Mastery Cramer Hill Elementary: (856) 338-0463
Mastery Molina Upper Elementary: (856) 966-8970
Mastery Molina Lower Elementary: (856) 966-8970

In light of the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I want to state emphatically Mastery’s enduring and unwavering commitment to support ALL of our students. Children need to know that they are valued and loved. No matter who they are or where they live, children should not live in fear about being uprooted from the community they call home. Holding children accountable for immigration violations they had no control over is not keeping with the values of our country and contradicts the values we teach in our classrooms.

To our DREAMers – students, alumni, staff and families – and our immigrant communities at large, know that we stand with you and we support you.

Scott Gordon


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