Follow these steps to properly fill out a DACA renewal
Now entering its fourth year, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has changed the lives of the 728,285 people who have received temporary protected status and work permits. And when it’s time to renew, it’s best to start the process early before your work permit expires.
Follow these steps from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that your DACA renewal process goes smoothly:
- File on time. Submit your renewal request between 150 and 120 days before the expiration date listed on your current Form I-797 DACA approval notice and Employment Authorization Document.
- Correctly submit all required forms and fees. USCIS will reject your renewal request unless you properly submit all of the following:
To avoid processing delays, be sure to submit:
- Any new documents and information related to removal proceedings or criminal history that you have not already submitted to USCIS in a previously approved DACA request
- Proof of advance parole if you have traveled outside the United States since your last approved DACA request
- Proof of any legal name change
And always respond to Requests for Evidence!
- USCIS may deny your renewal request if you do not respond to a Request for Evidence in a timely manner.
USCIS is mailing renewal reminder notices to DACA recipients 180 days before the expiration date of their current period of deferred action to ensure sufficient time to prepare renewal requests. For further instructions, go to the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals page.
You may submit an inquiry about the status of your renewal request after it has been pending for more than 105 days. You can submit an inquiry online or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-767-1833).