I understand that DACA renewal can be a stressful process for anyone. With USCIS’s current goal to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days, ensuring that you have all the necessary information and documents ready beforehand is crucial. This guide will provide easy steps to hassle-free renew your DACA status.
Steps to Renew Your DACA Status
Below are some easy steps to help you renew your DACA status:
Step 1: Know your Renewal Window
You should submit your DACA renewal request at least 120 days or four months before your expiration date. This will ensure that you have enough time for USCIS to process your application and avoid any gaps in protection. You can find your expiration date in your approval notice when your DACA was initially approved.
Step 2: Find Your Previous Renewal Filing
Before starting your DACA renewal application process, you must locate your previous DACA renewal application. You can find it in your records with an immigration attorney or an accredited representative. When you find your previous filing, you should have the following documents ready:
– Form I-821D (Approval Notice)
– Form I-765 (Employment Authorization Document if you have one)
– Form I-765WS (Your most recent Tax Returns)
Step 3: Create a Free USCIS Account Online
Creating a free USCIS account online will enable you to submit your renewal application online, check your application status, and receive updates. You can also upload supporting evidence, pay fees online, and notify USCIS of any change of address. You can create your USCIS account here.
Step 4: Gather Supporting Evidence
To renew your DACA, you need to collect the necessary supporting documents. They include passport-style photos, copies of past Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), copies of Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for previous DACA renewal applications, and any other documents that show your continued presence in the U.S. since your last DACA renewal. You can refer to the complete list of required supporting documents here.
Step 5: Accurately Fill out all Your Forms
To apply for DACA, you need to complete three forms: Form I-821D for DACA consideration, Form I-765WS for the worksheet, and Form I-765 for work authorization. Ensure that you fill them out accurately and sign them before submitting them.
Step 6: Pay the Required Fees
To renew your DACA status, you must pay a $495 filing fee and biometric services fee of $85 (if applicable). You can pay using a credit or debit card or an ACH transfer. It is important to remember that USCIS will not refund a fee if they deny the application.
Step 7: Submit Your Application
You can submit your application online or by mailing it. Ensure you send your application using a trackable delivery service to arrive before your expiration date. You can also submit your application to an immigration attorney or accredited representative for review before filing.
Step 8: Check Your Application Status
After submitting your renewal application, you can check your application status by creating a USCIS account online. USCIS will notify you of any updates and how to proceed with your application.
How to Enroll?
DeKryuff & Hutchens Law Firm offers the expertise of experienced immigration attorneys to help you with your DACA renewal. We have helped many immigrants in their journey of renewing their DACA status. To enroll for our services, please contact us. We will happily help you with the entire DACA renewal process from start to finish.
Renewing your DACA status should be a manageable and simple process. These easy steps ensure that your renewal application is submitted error-free and on time. Remember, applying for renewal four months before your expiration date is crucial to avoid any gaps in protection. If you face any challenge during the application process, it is recommended to seek help from an approved immigration attorney or representative.