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Renewal Process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Announced

On June 5, 2014, USCIS released a new form I-821D for the renewal of your authorized stay in the United States for the next two (2) years.

How does one renew his or her DACA?

In connection with the renewal process, you may be considered for renewal of your DACA if you have met the guidelines for consideration of the initial grant of Deferred Action up to the present time, and:

  1. Did not depart the United States on or after August 15, 2012 without a travel permit;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your request for initial DACA up to the present time; and
  3. Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

It is recommended that your renewal packet be submitted to the USCIS within 120 days (4 months) of the expiration of your Deferred Action, but not sooner than 150 days (5 moths). Only persons who were granted DACA through USICE (those who were in removal proceedings when they submitted the application) may apply now.

Example: DACA expires on 11/15/2014. Apply for renewal only after 06/18/2014 unless you obtained DACA through USICE.

Do not forget to include the following forms: I-821D (new edition!), I-765 Employment Authorization applicaiton and I-765 Worksheet, with a filing fee of $465.

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