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1 year since biometrics appt for daca and I haven't received nothing

Grayslake, IL |

I apply on sept 13, 2012 for the daca my biometrics appt was on oct 22, 2013 and as of today I haven't received nothing, no letters or nothing. I was never on trouble with the police. What can I do? I have call the office I have requested erequest. They tell me to wait.

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That is a pretty long time and I am sure you are getting impatient to know the results. But such a long wait is not necessarily a "bad omen." I just had a DACA approved for a client that took almost a year to process, so it is not unheard of to have to wait this long. I would suggest you follow up with an infopass appointment at USCIS handling your case to inquire in person. Alternatively - or if this does not bring about any results - you should consider having an immigration attorney look into the matter on your behalf. Good luck!

This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely informative. It should not by itself be relied upon to address a legal concern.


Here is a recent post from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):

The NSC Liaison Committee asked AILA members for examples of DACA cases pending more than six months. In response to the committee’s call for examples, AILA received over 400 case examples, including over 100 cases that have been pending for more than a year.

The vast majority of the examples AILA received are at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC): 283 have LIN (Nebraska) receipt numbers, and 120 have EAC (Vermont) receipt numbers. Most DACA cases at VSC were transferred to NSC in an August workload transfer. (AILA Doc. No. 13080850.) Only 12 case examples have an SRC (Texas) receipt number, and only 23 have a WAC (California) receipt number.

In over half of the 400 cases shared with AILA, the survey respondents indicated that they were not aware of any unusual circumstances that would explain the slow processing time. Many of the remaining long-pending cases involved one or more of the following circumstances:

The requestor had a criminal history -- numerous cases involved drinking and driving related incidents, juvenile adjudications, gang issues, and drug and theft offenses;
The requestor attended an online school or was homeschooled;
The requestor had previously been in removal proceedings or was in removal proceedings at the time of the DACA request;
The requestor had a petition or an application for other relief pending;
The requestor departed the United States for a considerable period of time either during or prior to the continuous residence period;
The requestor provided what the attorney considered to be a small amount of evidence to support either continuous residence during the relevant period or physical presence on June 15, 2012;
If you have a long-pending DACA case, check to see whether it may fall into one of the above categories. While not always true, these factors may lead to longer processing times. These findings are preliminary, and may not reflect USCIS policy decisions or adjudication trends.

Gunda Johanna Brost

Gunda Johanna Brost


Excellent information. So if any of these issues apply to the asker's case (i.e. departed the country, for example) that may explain the delay. In any event, such a delay is unfortunately not unusual, which this shows. Thanks for sharing.


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Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

Alexander M. Ivakhnenko


The best suggestion one could get.


Do an Inforpass, as the USCIS has become notoriously cumbersome to process basic procedural things efficiently. I know of the cases when people requested three biometrics within one year with the same result.

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