USCIS formally announced on June 5, 2014, that individuals with a deferred action grant can begin renewing DACA.
The good news for those that are applying for a renewal is that the application will be significantly easier the second time around. Although the DACA application is virtually the same, some sections can be skipped for renewal candidates. Better yet, renewal candidates will not be required to re-submit the same documentation to prove physical presence and residency in the United States. It promises to be a bit easier.
DACA Renewal Timeframe
CitizenPath is recommending that renewal candidates prepare their applications six months prior to the expiration date on their current DACA grant. This allows you to properly complete the application forms and gather necessary documents to submit. Yes, you will still need to submit some items. For example, you will be required to submit new photographs for your work permit and documentation if you traveled outside the country.
CitizenPath further recommends that you mail your application to USCIS at least 5 months but no less than 4 months before the expiration date. This is critical. Read our post about Lengthy Processing Times Expose DACA Applicants and When to Renew DACA.
How to Renew DACA
The DACA application is the combination of three forms (I-821D, I-765, and I-765WS). All three can be downloaded from the USCIS website. CitizenPath offers two resources to help you prepare the forms.
- Use CitizenPath’s free knowledge base to answer all your DACA questions. The FAQs for each form address many of the common questions asked by applicants.
- Use CitizenPath’s DACA preparation service to complete your DACA application in about 25 minutes. The low-cost preparation tool provides simple, step-by-step instructions. Upon completion, you’ll be able to print all three completed forms as well as customized filing instructions. It’s even free to try.
DACA Resource Center
Additional information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is available in the DACA Resource Center. You’ll find articles on Getting a Social Security Number, Getting a Driver’s License, Building Credit after DACA, College Education for DREAMers, Employment Rights with DACA, Traveling with DACA and more.
Don’t miss DACA Legal Q&A hosted by immigration attorney Cesar Luna on the CitizenPath Facebook page on Thursday 6/19 at 5PM PT.