The USCIS has announced that starting April 12, 2022, they are accepting online filings for Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Online filing is acceptable for any person who previously received deferred action under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
What is DACA?
DACA is a policy that helps to protect young people who had entered the United States illegally as children. Those protected under DACA are also referred to as “DREAMers”, and allows those accepted under the policy to apply for a social security number or work permit. It does not, however, grant official legal status or a pathway to citizenship. The policy allows these young people to receive a 2-year renewable work permit as well as protection from removal from the United States.
As of now, the online filing is now available for those who are first time applicants. It is only available to those who have been previously granted DACA. In addition to a Form I-821D, you’ll also need to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS.
Am I Eligible to Apply for DACA Renewal?
You are eligible to renew your DACA status if you meet the following criteria:
- You have once had DACA or currently have it.
- Your DACA expiration date is within the last year.
- Your current DACA expiration date isn’t more than one year from now.
- You haven’t left the U.S. since you first applied for DACA (without getting Advance Parole).
- You have lived in the U.S. since your most approved application.
- You haven’t been charged with any misdemeanor or felony.
How to File for DACA Renewal Online
In order to apply for renewal online, you must first create an account on the USCIS website. This account is free and will allow you to track any pending applications or requests. You will also be able to communicate with USCIS and submit evidence via a secure inbox if requested.
You’ll need your most recent renewal paperwork, and will need to fill out forms I-821D, I-765, and I-765WS. You’ll also need to provide two passport photos taken within 30 days of your filing. Be sure to also prepare your filing fee, which is currently $495. You can now pay your filing fee online with a credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
After your filing is accepted, you’ll receive a Receipt Notice within 2-3 weeks. As part of the DACA renewal process, you’ll also need to attend a biometrics appointment for photographing and fingerprinting. USCIS will contact you to schedule an appointment approximately 4-6 weeks after your renewal application. It typically takes 5-10 weeks to receive approval of your DACA renewal, and if accepted, you can expect to receive your new employment authorization card within 6-12 months after filing.
For more information regarding DACA, please visit the USCIS website.