[LAST EDITED: APRIL 21ST 2014]
The USCIS has finally made a statement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) renewal process. Here’s what you need to know about the DACA renewal process:
1) It’s still not out yet
I know what you’re thinking: What? Why are we here, then? We’re disappointed to, but this is the first time the USCIS has publicly stated that there will be a renewal process in the coming months, so for all of you early DACA applicants, don’t worry! We have high hopes!
2) There is a NEW form coming up
Super exciting, right? The new form will be released in May of 2014, and will cover DACA renewals, as well as first time Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications (this is known as a dual-use form). We’ll keep you updated when we hear more about the form and when it is released.
3. You will NOT have to resubmit all your evidence – hurray!
USCIS has indicated that you will not have to resubmit all the exhaustive evidence the original application process required, when applying for renewal.
4) HOWEVER, you must report any run-ins with the law since you received DACA
While you don’t need to submit all your evidence again, if you had any run-ins with the law, criminal or otherwise, you must report it in your renewal application (yes, including traffic tickets). We know, it’s totally unfair that you’re held to a higher standard on this, but (unfortunately) that’s the reality of the current situation.
5. There’s a very specific timeline to DACA renewals.
Your DACA renewal application must be submitted four months before the end of your original deferred action period. If you send it after this date, there’s a chance you might have an in-between period there where you do not have any type of protection. Additionally, you cannot submit it more than a 150 days – we know, it’s ridiculous – before your original deferred action period ends. So the window of action is between 150 days and 4 months of your application.
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