Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been renewed. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be accepting renewal requests in addition to accepting new requests from individuals seeking access to the program. In order to avoid any lapse in deferral and employment authorization, individuals are encouraged to file renewal requests 120 days before the expiration of their current DACA.
DACA defers removal actions placed against individuals, allowing them to remain in the United States and apply for employment authorization for a period of two years. Renewing a DACA requires filing new versions of Form I-821D, Form I-765, and the I-765 worksheet. It also includes a fee for filing, fingerprints, and photo. Similar to initial DACA requests, the USCIS will perform a background check on individuals seeking to renew their DACA.
Whether requesting a DACA for the first time or renewing, the following criteria must be met:
- Not departed from the U.S. on or after August 15 th, 2012 (without advanced parole)
- Continued to reside in the United States since the most recent approved DACA request
- Has no felony or significant misdemeanor convictions
- Does not pose a threat to national security or public safety
As of April, over 560,000 people have received their DACA. If you are seeking to renew or request a new DACA, it is in your best interest to complete the process as quickly and smoothly as possible. Improperly filing your DACA or failing to do so in time could result in further legal issues and unnecessary expenses. At The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C., our New Jersey immigration lawyer has assisted thousands of individuals facing complex legal issues involving immigration law. Do not hesitate to contact our firm and retain the legal guidance you need for a successful outcome!