Who is eligible for deferred action renewal?
You may file an application for deferred action renewal if you received an initial grant for DACA and you meet all the following guidelines:
- Did not depart the United States on or after August 15, 2012 without advance parole;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent request for DACA that was approved up to the present time; and
- 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.
CitizenPath can help you check your eligibility for deferred action renewal here.
How do I apply for deferred action renewal?
To be considered for deferred action renewal, you will need to file three forms together:
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- Form I-765WS, Worksheet
Each form can be downloaded from the USCIS website. Most people that meet the eligibility requirements can file deferred action renewal without a lawyer. People that want just a little extra help can use CitizenPath. We’re a low cost immigration document service that will guide you through all three forms in one simple process. CitizenPath provides step-by-step instructions and alerts if there is a problem. There’s no sign up required to try it out.
View a sample of Form I-821D as would be prepared by CitizenPath.
Note: Do not copy. This is only a sample. Your case and situation may be different.
View a sample of the DACA Filing Instructions that are provided by CitizenPath.
Note: Do not use these filing instructions. This is only a sample. Your case and situation may be different.
What documents do I need to include with my deferred action renewal?
This depends on how you answer the questions. Deferred action renewal is significantly easier than initial requests. There are fewer documents that you’ll need to submit. For this reason, many candidates for deferred action renewal are finding that they can apply using services like CitizenPath. CitizenPath will guide you through all three forms in one simple process. Upon completion, you’ll be able to print your prepared application and a set of filing instructions that have been customized just for you (based on your answers). The filing instructions will include directions on which documents to include with your renewal application. There is no sign up required to try CitizenPath.
Can I get a deferred action renewal if I’ve been arrested?
To be eligible for deferred action renewal, you must not have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors. You also may not pose a threat to national security or public safety. If you have been arrested or are unsure of your situation, CitizenPath recommends that contact an immigration attorney before you file for deferred action renewal.
Where do I mail the deferred action renewal application?
The address to mail your deferred action renewal application depends on your current state of residence. You can find a list on the USCIS website. When you use CitizenPath, our custom filing instructions will tell you exactly where to mail the application and what to include with it. See a sample.
When should I apply for deferred action renewal?
The best time to file your deferred action renewal application is at least 4 months prior (but no more than 5 months prior) to your current period of deferred action.
Is it too late for me to apply for deferred action renewal?
USCIS has indicated that you may file a deferred action renewal request up to one year after your current period of deferred action expires. During this time you will leave yourself exposed to potential immigration enforcement issues, and you will be not authorized to work in the United States. After one year, you must make another initial request for DACA and start the process again.
What happens if I don’t renew DACA?
The most significant consequences of failing to apply for deferred action renewal are that you will:
- Lose your protection from deportation
- Accrue unlawful presence for any time between the periods of deferred action
- No longer be authorized to work in the United States
Even if future comprehensive immigration reform provides a path to citizenship, it is likely that preference will be given to those that participated in the deferred action for childhood arrivals program.
How long will it take to get my deferred action renewal?
The processing time for deferred action renewal can vary. You should expect it to take a minimum of 4-6 months. The approval process comes in two steps. USCIS will initially review your Form I-821D. Once Form I-821D has been approved, USCIS will separately review your Form I-765. For a list of current processing times and to check your case status, go to the USCIS My Case Status page.
How much does deferred action renewal cost?
The current cost to renew DACA is $495. This includes a $410 filing fee and an $85 biometrics fee.
What if I cannot afford the deferred action renewal fee?
If you cannot afford the deferred action renewal fee, you may request a fee exemption from USCIS for DACA.
Where can I get more information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
CitizenPath hosts a section called the DACA Resource Center on its website where you will find numerous resources for:
- Get a Social Security Number with DACA
- Get a Driver License with DACA
- Build Your Credit After DACA
- College Education for DREAMers
- Employment Rights with DACA
- Traveling with DACA
Who can help me prepare Form I-821D deferred action renewal?
CitizenPath is a low-cost immigration document service that provides help for people with straightforward immigration cases. Our online process provides simple, step-by-step instructions and even gives you alerts if there is a problem. You can be ready to file a deferred action renewal in about 25 minutes. There is no sign up required to try it out.