Understanding form I-821D for DACA

As of Feb. 18, 2015, individuals filing for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will need to file the new and updated form I-821D. Any individual who is currently living in the U.S. and either needs to apply for initial DACA status or renew an existing DACA status will need to familiarize themselves with this form and its filing process. Form I-821D will include several filing changes from the old DACA request process, but these shouldn’t present an issue if you familiarize yourself with several basic eligibility principles and requirements. Take a look at these key points to begin your filing of I-821D on the right foot.

Use of Form I-821D
According to the form itself, I-821D should be used by any non-citizens who are looking to gain amnesty from deportation through with initial DACA status or renewed DACA status. In order to be considered for approval, these individuals must meet the requirements for ‘childhood arrival’ designation. For first time applicants, this includes that the individual arrived in the U.S. before turning 16, has resided in the country continuously since the beginning of 2010 and was living in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, with no lawful immigration status.

Guiding use of form I-821DFurthermore, first-time applicants must also have met certain education or work requirements and have a clean criminal record. Applicants for renewal of DACA status must have been living in the U.S. since initially receiving said status. These requirements are outlined further on the form.

Though this may seem like a great deal of information to take in at once, there are a number of resources at your disposal to aid you in applying for DACA status. For example, if you’re confused about whether or not you are eligible to apply or which childhood arrival status you should be applying for, this quiz can help you determine where you stand and how to get started.

How long is amnesty granted for with DACA?
Gaining amnesty from deportation through recognition of your childhood arrival status means that you are granted two years of residency. Since the program began in 2012, more than half a million individuals have been approved to reside in the U.S. legally.

“Over 500,000 individuals have been approved for DACA”

Once those two years are up, individuals who have met all of their DACA requirements will have the option to apply for renewal of their childhood arrival status.