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Renewing Your DACA

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As of April 2022, “Dreamers,” or those classified under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are able to complete renewals online. It is always more beneficial to begin the renewal process sooner rather than later, so applicants should keep in mind that these may take several months to approve. Our recommendation is that you complete the application within 150 days of the expiration date.

Here's what else to keep in mind when renewing your DACA.

What Do I Need to Renew My DACA?

To renew your DACA, you will need to fill out an I-765 form and an I-821D form. The I-765 form is used to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and the I-821D is the formal Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The appropriate fees must also be paid to complete the application process.

In addition to these, you will also need to provide evidence that you meet the initial 2012 requirements for DACA, which include:

  • You were under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
  • You came to the United States before turning 16;
  • You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the time of filing;
  • You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filing your DACA request;
  • You had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  • You are currently in school, had graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, had obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or were an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If you are unsure about whether you meet these requirements or have questions about your case in general, it is always best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

Need Help with DACA? Call Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A.

Our team is proud to help Dreamers through the process of completing and filing a first-time application or a renewal. If you would like to learn more about our services and how we can help, schedule a consultation with our team by calling (800) 708-4399 or filling out this short form.


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