How to check the status of a DACA renewal request?

Texas—If a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient submitted a DACA renewal request and they are wanting to check the status of their application, they can do so by following these steps:

  1. Visit egov.uscis.gov.
  2. Enter the receipt number. The receipt number is something that is provided at the time an application is filed and should be listed on any notices received by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is a unique 13-character number that consists of both letters and numbers. When entering the receipt number, avoid using dashes (-) but include any other characters such as asterisks (*).
  3. Click the “Check Status” button.


Ways to prevent a DACA renewal request from being delayed?


USCIS is ultimately responsible for processing DACA renewal requests. If the agency is experiencing staffing issues or there are other factors that are impacting its ability to process applications, this could cause a person’s case to be delayed.

Fortunately, there are steps a DACA recipient can take if they want to reduce the chances of having their request for renewal delayed. These include:

  • Getting their renewal request submitted between 120 to 150 days prior to the expiration date listed on their Form I-797 Daca approval notice and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). When a request for renewal is submitted in advance, it gives USCIS ample time to process it before an individual’s documents are set to expire.


  • Having a Texas immigration lawyer prepare their documents or check those that are already filled out for accuracy. If an individual answers a question incorrectly or fails to sign a form, it could cause their application to be denied or rejected. If USCIS allows an applicant to correct their error, this will still cause the processing of their application to be delayed.


  • Ensuring USCIS has their correct address on file. If an individual relocates after they submitted their request for renewal, they must provide USCIS with their new address so that if the agency sends them correspondence that requires a reply, they are able to respond. If an individual fails to respond to a request regarding their DACA renewal application, it could cause a delay in processing.


What options does a person have if their documents expire before their request for DACA renewal is approved?


If an individual’s documents expired and their request for renewal hasn’t been approved yet, a Texas immigration attorney at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can review with them what their options are. An attorney may be able to find out more on why their application is being delayed and what they should do in the meantime so they are able to continue working.

The lawyers at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen understand how important it is for a DACA recipient to get their application approved prior to their documents expiring and are available to help if someone is still waiting for an approval notice from USCIS.


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

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