USCIS has just announced the process for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA) grantees to renew their DACA status.
DACA grantees must apply to renew their status within 150-120 days prior to the expiration of their current status. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Grantees who apply for renewal MORE THAN 150 days in advance will be rejected. Grantees who apply for renewal LESS THAN 120 days in advance risk falling into unlawful status and losing work authorization until their renewal application is adjudicated.
The renewal filing requires:
- Filing the NEW form I-821D Form
- Filing the I-765 and I-765WS Forms
- Paying the Biometrics and Filing Fees associated with the I-765 for a total of $465
- Change of Address Form if necessary
All DACA grantees are eligible to apply for renewal if:
- They have not departed the United States since August 15, 2012, except for travel with advanced parole
- They have no new arrests, criminal charges, or criminal convictions
If there has been no travel and no new criminal charges, no new documentation other than the forms is required for filing.
If a DACA grantee's DACA status expires, he or she may still file for renewal up to a year after exipration. However, they will accrue unlawful status from the date of expiration to the date renewal is granted. If more than a year has elapsed after expiration, a DACA grantee must restart the DACA process and submit all documentation required at initial filing.
If you are a DACA grantee and your expiration date is approaching, please give us a call for assistance with the renewal process.