FULLERTON, Calif. (September 11, 2017) – CitizenPath, an online service for do-it-yourself immigration filers, is positioned to relieve the backlog of an estimated 100,000 DACA recipients trying to prepare a renewal application in the next four weeks.
When the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday, it created an almost insurmountable hurdle for immigration attorneys and legal service providers that typically prepare the DACA renewal applications.
The roughly 100,000 DACA recipients whose DACA grants expire by March 5, must file a renewal application by October 5, 2017. Those that fail to meet the deadline will lose the opportunity to extend their employment authorization and protection from deportation for an additional two-year period.
CitizenPath will help meet this demand by using technology to simplify the process of preparing complex immigration forms. Designed by attorneys, the software simplifies complicated immigration forms similar to how TurboTax® helps its customers with tax preparation. CitizenPath checks for common errors and warns applicants when there may be a legal problem. The company has supported DACA applications since 2014.
The October 5th deadline is also a substantial and unanticipated financial burden for DACA applicants. It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for some individuals to afford hundreds of dollars in attorneys’ fees on top of the $495 government filing fees.
“CitizenPath is the most scalable solution to meet this enormous demand,” said Russ Leimer, CitizenPath co-founder and chief marketing officer. “We love that we have a product that helps people and saves them money.”
The software streamlines the application process, making it possible for many applicants to prepare all three mandatory DACA forms (Forms I-821D, I-765, and I-765 worksheet) in less than 30 minutes. The software also creates a set of personalized filing instructions based on the applicant’s specific answers. Upon completion, each of the documents is instantly available as a PDF download. CitizenPath’s low-cost service is available at CitizenPath.com/DACA/.
Developed by immigration attorneys and internet experts, CitizenPath uses technology to simplify the process of preparing complex USCIS immigration forms. The company’s software identifies common errors and even alerts users if a problematic answer requires the assistance of a lawyer. Users also receive easy-to-follow filing instructions based on their answers. CitizenPath is a cost-effective immigration document preparation tool for the do-it-yourself filer. The company’s form preparation tools and free immigration resources can be found at CitizenPath.com.