As the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program approvals issued to undocumented immigrants will begin expiring in September of this year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced a renewal process for the status that uses an updated DACA form. USCIS will immediately begin processing the renewal applications, which gives a two-year extension of DACA status.
For those whose DACA expires in the coming months, the renewal process begins by filing the new version of Form I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and the I-765 Worksheet. The filing fee is $465 to cover application processing and biometrics—fingerprints and photo. Just as with initial DACA requests, USCIS conducts background checks on renewal applicants.
Individuals with DACA have permission to stay in the U.S. as well as work authorization for a two-year period. DACA applies to individuals who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and who came to the U.S. before turning age 16. DACA approval also requires continuous residence in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
Besides the requirement that initial DACA requirements continue to be met, DACA renewal guidelines include:
- You applied for and received advance parole any time you left the U.S. on or after Aug. 5, 2012.
- You continuously resided in the U.S. since your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
- You haven’t been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and you do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
DACA was developed specifically to address the needs young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Despite their various nationalities, these young immigrants identify predominately as American because their upbringing has been primarily in the United States. As of the end of 2013, the USCIS approved 97 percent of DACA applications it received.