DACA Renewal Tips to Consider
Don’t Wait to Apply for DACA Renewal, Start Today!
If you currently have DACA status and are up for renewal, the last thing that you need is for your worker’s permit to expire. Don’t wait until it’s too late for a DACA renewal request. One thing you can count on is that paperwork, especially government paperwork, will
likely take longer than expected to be approved. Most people don’t realize that while the government is processing it, your Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) may expire. As a best practice, it’s wise to apply or submit DACA renewal forms early whenever possible to reduce or eliminate the risk of losing your current status.
Don’t take the risk. Use these tips for renewing your DACA status:
- Make sure you file on time. You should apply for DACA renewal between 150 days (5 months) – 120 days (4 months) before your DACA expires. This is the period in which USCIS recommends people apply.
This is your “Ideal Application Zone.” Applying during this 1-month “ideal zone” will help ensure that you get your DACA renewed on time before your DACA expires. It gives USCIS enough time to process it.
It is VERY important that you apply as early as you can, you should aim to apply as close to 150 days before your expiration date as you can.
- Submit all your DACA renewal forms and fees correctly. When you incorrectly submit these forms, the USCIS will send out a request for those documents or fees thus making the process of renewing your DACA longer. It pays to be accurate the first time. These are the forms that must be submitted on time:
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Form I-765 Worksheet
- $465 required fees
- To avoid delays in processing, be sure to submit:
- Proof of legal name change
- Any new documents and information pertaining to removal proceedings or criminal history that is not in your previously approved DACA request
- Proof of parole if you have traveled outside of the U.S. since your last DACA request was filed
- Two identical passport-style color photographs of yourself taken within 30 days.
- Copies of your previous DACA approval(s) and EAD card(s)
- Promptly respond for any requests of evidence. The USCIS may deny your request for renewal if you do not respond quickly enough.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying or renewing their DACA status, you can apply online here with Road to Status. If your case is more complex and you would like to speak with a licensed immigration attorney, you can learn more about the benefits of an initial consultation before deciding on the best path for you.
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