Top 3 Tips When Renewing DACA
If you have received DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in the past, you may or may not remember that it is valid for only two years. What that means for you is that in order to keep DACA, you will have to apply to renew it. Luckily, this process is not too difficult and renewing DACA is relatively painless. You have to produce many of the same materials that you had to gather to apply for DACA in the first place. Road to Status can help you in renewing DACA in the quickest, safest, most affordable way. Continue reading to see the renewal requirements and our top tips on how to make the DACA renewing process easier and less stressful!
DACA Renewal Checklist:
- Since receiving your most recent DACA approval, you have continuously resided in the US
- You haven’t left the US on or after August 15, 2012 without advance parole
- You have not been convicted of a significant misdemeanor, three of more misdemeanors, or a felony, and you do not pose a threat to national security
Tips for Renewing DACA
Tip #1: Submit Your Application Early
One important thing to be aware of as you begin renewing DACA is the timeline and the importance of applying early. It is strongly recommended that you submit your application for renewal at least 120 days but not more than 150 days before DACA expires. You should apply for renewal within this window of time because it will give your application enough time to process before your DACA expires.
You want to make sure you apply early because if your DACA expires during the renewal process or while your application is being filed, you can accrue “unlawful presence” in the United States. What this means is that you are not authorized to be in the United States and can be barred from entry for specific amounts of time depending upon how long you’ve been in the U.S. unlawfully.
Tip #2: Don’t Forget About Work Authorization
Equally important is that your work authorization will also expire when your DACA does. However, if you apply for renewal within the suggested 4-5 month period and the USCIS is unable to process your application in time, they may temporarily extend your approved status. Still, it is in your benefit to apply as soon as possible to avoid any stress and complications that may come with late submission.
Tip #3: DACA Renewal Can Be Easy!
Renewing DACA does not have to be a long, stressful process. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about DACA renewal or checking their eligibility for DACA benefits, our blog is a great place to find up to date information on the DACA renewal checklist and useful resources. Additionally, 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 here.
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