I recently received my DACA renewal approval and because I know it is helpful to hear about other peoples’ timelines to give you a sense of timing or even hope, I thought I would share mine here.
First, you will find my timeline and afterwards I share more details and helpful resources for those of you preparing your initial or renewal DACA requests!
1) Submitted DACA application: Late June 2014
2) Received my letter with biometrics appointment: Mid July 2014
2a) Biometrics appointment scheduled for: Late July 2014
2b) Biometrics walk-in: Mid July 2014
3) DACA renewal application approved: Early October 2014
My initial DACA was set to expire November 2014. Because it is recommended that we apply 120 to 150 days before our DACAs expire, I submitted my application in late June 2014. The first time I applied for DACA back in October 2012, I paid for legal help. I did this mainly because we did not know much about the process a few months soon after DACA was announced and there were limited free resources to help me fill out my application. This second time around I applied on my own. Knowing a lot about both the initial and renewal DACA application processes, having organized DACA clinics with fellow undocumented organizers, and having helped several fellow undocumented youth apply for DACA- I felt confident and ready to do my renewal application without legal assistance. For those of you going through your initial or renewal requests who may need help applying and resources, I highly recommend checking out United We Dream’s Own The Dream campaign. They have an online tool to help you determine if you are eligible for DACA, a free hotline to ask for advice, and a list of free DACA clinics across the country where you can get one-on-one help filling out your DACA application!
After submitting my renewal application in late June 2014, I received the letter with information for my biometrics appointment two weeks after. My biometrics appointment was scheduled for two weeks after that date (so we are in late July 2014 now). Because of personal circumstances, I knew I could not go to my scheduled biometrics appointment, so I did a walk-in 4 days after I received my biometrics letter.
I then waited for about 2.5 months and just received my DACA renewal approval earlier this month of October.
A few folks have asked me- how long does it take to get an answer about my DACA renewal application? As with initial DACA requests, everyone’s case varies and so there is not one answer. However, it does look like folks are getting answers 2-4 weeks before their current DACA expires.
If you have additional questions regarding the DACA application process, feel free to comment below and I will do my best to share helpful information and resources! Also, check out my DACA-related posts in this blog with more details about both initial and renewal requests, forms, fees, post-DACA personal experiences, and information on applying for Advance Parole after you have been approved for DACA.