As per a recently issued federal court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now required to accept renewal requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
If an individual is looking to submit a renewal request for DACA, they will need to follow these steps outlined below to successfully do this:
- Complete and sign Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
USCIS recommends that individuals file their request at least 120 days prior to their DACA expiration date. The agency says that if it receives a request more than 150 days before the expiration of an individual’s period for deferred action, it may reject it. Additionally, the agency also requires that applicants use the most recent version of Form I-821D, otherwise it will be rejected. Thankfully, a Texas immigration attorney can help an individual who is looking to submit a DACA renewal request gather all the necessary paperwork USCIS requires them to file.
- Complete and sign Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
Form I-765, given it is accepted and approved, will allow an individual to continue working legally in the U.S.
- Complete and sign Form I-765 Worksheet.
When an individual applies for DACA for the first time or they are submitting a renewal request, they must also submit Form I-765 Worksheet with their application. USCIS uses this form to determine whether the applicant has an economic need to work.
Important: Those who are looking to submit a renewal request for DACA should consider consulting with a Texas immigration attorney first. Although the process may seem simple, USCIS agents are likely to deny any application they receive that contains an error rather than have an applicant correct it and resubmit it. With that in mind, the immigration attorneys at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can help an individual who is wanting to submit a DACA renewal request fill out their forms to ensure they are free from any errors that could cause their request to be denied.
How long does it take USCIS to process a DACA renewal request?
USCIS generally processes DACA renewal requests within 120 days of receiving them. The agency recommends anyone who has applied to contact them if their request has been pending for more than 105 days and they have not received any correspondence from them.
Connect with a Texas Immigration Lawyer for Help with Submitting a DACA Renewal Request
If an individual in Texas has questions related to DACA, has had their application denied by USCIS, or would like help submitting their renewal request, they can contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen for legal assistance.
The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205