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How long is DACA valid for?

Texas—After an individual’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) request is approved, their status will remain active for two years. This means that they can live and work in the U.S. without having to worry about being placed into removal proceedings during this time, that is, unless they do something to jeopardize their status.

For instance, if an individual is convicted of a certain type of criminal offense or is guilty of including fraudulent information on their application, they could lose status as a DACA recipient.

 

What happens after two years?

 

DACA recipients are eligible to renew their status so that they can continue to reside and work in the U.S. for another two years. Individuals can submit a request for renewal if they met the initial DACA guidelines that were issued in 2012 and they1:

  • Did not leave the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without being granted Advance Parole.
  • Continuously resided in the U.S. since they submitted their most recent request for DACA consideration.
  • Were not convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.

 

If an individual meets these guidelines, they can submit a request for renewal using Form I-821D. They will also need to submit Form I-765 and Form I-765W along with it to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

 

When should a DACA recipient submit their request for renewal?

 

DACA recipients are encouraged to submit their request for renewal between 120 and 150 days prior to their status expiring. Because USCIS has been experiencing delays with DACA application processing, individuals also have the option of submitting their renewal forms up to 365 days in advance.

Individuals who would like assistance with filling out their DACA renewal forms can contact a Texas immigration lawyer for help. If an individual believes their circumstances may not qualify them for renewal, they are highly encouraged to consult with an immigration attorney.

 

Not only can a lawyer help a person fill out their renewal forms, but they will also:

  • Provide them with any updates on the DACA program as they are issued.
  • Assist them with any issues as they arise.
  • Help them understand their rights as a DACA recipient.

 

The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen is Equipped to Help with All Types of DACA-Related Matters

 

Whether an individual is looking to apply for DACA for the first time or they want to submit a request for renewal, Texas immigration lawyer J. Joseph Cohen is more than ready to help. The Law Office of J. Joseph is here to answer any DACA-related questions a person might have as well as provide legal assistance with obtaining immigration benefits.

 

The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:

 

310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800

Website: www.jjosephcohen.com

 

Source:

  1. https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/renew-your-daca
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