USCIS Prepares DACA Renewal Form

DACA renewal

The United States Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS) is working to create a renewal form for deferred action. The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal lets immigrants request an extension of their temporary resident status without experiencing any lapse in status or work authorization.

The USCIS started issuing deferments in September 2012. And DACA expires after two years. Immigrants whose DACA status expires in September of this year should be able to apply for DACA renewal by the end of May, when the USCIS anticipates the release of a new dual-use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Questions on the new form will be modified and will let immigrants apply for both initial and renewal requests.

Immigrants who need DACA renewal have to wait until the end of May to apply and should not use the current version of Form I-821D. Immigrants who are making their initial DACA application can use the current form until the revised form becomes available.

The draft of the form is currently going through a comment period through the Federal Register. Anyone can comment on the form here.

Once the new combination application and renewal Form 1-821D becomes available, those immigrants who need to renew can do so in the 120 days—four months—before their current DACA status expires. This is also the date the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires. The USCIS won’t accept renewal requests earlier than five months before DACA expiration.

Costs associated with the DACA renewal is the same as the $465 initial request—$380 application fee for Form I-765 (work permit) and an $85 biometrics (fingerprints) fee. DACA renewal applicants are required to submit new fingerprints for biometrics. In exceptional circumstances, applicants might be exempt from paying the fees.

Exceptions to the USCIS’s method of DACA renewal are immigrants who gained DACA status from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012, ICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance is available here.