Today, April 9th of 2014, USCIS published updates regarding renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications for those of us (the majority of applicants) who applied through USCIS. Read more at the USCIS official site: www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process
Key points to note:
- In late May 2014, USCIS anticipates publishing a new dual-use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to allow for both initial and renewal requests, and updating Frequently Asked Questions with additional information.
- File the revised version of Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, together with Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and I-765WS, Worksheet, as in the initial filing. The forthcoming version of Form I-821D will be dual-use for both initial and renewal filers and will contain modified questions pertaining to each situation. The draft form is currently going through the Federal Register public comment process and is not yet available for use.
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- Do not file the current version of Form I-821D to renew.
- Submit your DACA renewal request package approximately 120 days (or 4 months) before your current period of DACA expires. This is also the date that your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires. While USCIS will continue to accept filings after this date, it will not accept requests made earlier than 150 days (or 5 months) before that expiration date.You only need to submit new documents pertaining to removal proceedings or criminal history that you have not already submitted to USCIS.
- You do not need to re-submit documents you already submitted with your previous DACA request that was approved. However, you should keep copies of all documents that support how you meet the DACA guidelines so you can provide them if they are requested by USCIS.
Carolina Valdivia was born in Mexicali, Baja California and has grown up undocumented in the U.S. since she was 12 years old. She is a doctoral student at Harvard University and the creator of My (Un)Documented Life.