Should my lawyer have kept a copy of my DACA application?

I was in the understanding that my lawyer was supposed to keep a copy of my

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals application on file so that when the time

came to renew it they wouldn’t need all my information again. However, I asked my

lawyer for a copy of my file and they claim to only have copies of my proof

documents such as my ID and immunization records, but not of my application. Keep

in mind I paid to have that application filled out.

Asked on May 12, 2016 under Immigration Law, California

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Probably the lawyer should have kept a copy of the filing if he/she helped you prepare it and submit it; most lawyers typically keep that type of documentation.  however, if everything was submitted correctly, and you got the benefit you applied for, whether or not the lawyer kept the file or not should not matter.  If you believe that it was not submitted or not submitted correctly, and you want a copy of the file, then you can try to request it again.  Do you have a copy of your agreement with the attorney?  Do you have a receipt notice showing the application has been submitted?


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