USCIS Announces DACA Renewal Process

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Sobel and Erwin

USCIS has announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  The immigration agency has also released a new application form that will be used for both first time and renewal applications.

The DACA program is for individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the U.S. before reaching their 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filing their DACA request;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard  or Armed Forces of the U.S.; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

In addition to the above criteria, individuals may request DACA renewal if they meet the following additional requirements:

  • Did not depart the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously lived in the U.S. since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  • The individual has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

USCIS is encouraging individuals to file their renewal applications at least 120 days prior to the expiration of their current period of deferral in order to avoid a lapse in coverage.   However, USCIS will reject applications that are submitted more than 150 days (5 months) before the expiration date.

If you would like assistance in filing your DACA renewal, or if you have questions about whether you may qualify for DACA, please contact the Immigration Attorneys at Sobel & Erwin, PLLC to schedule a consultation.