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What Forms Are Needed for DACA Renewal?

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What is DACA?

The relief afforded under the immigration process known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is temporary. DACA provides a renewable two-year deferred action protection from deportation as well as employment authorization, but it must be renewed in order for the recipient to stay protected and remain in the United States.

What’s the current legal status of DACA?

DACA continues to undergo court battles, which can be confusing for those who believe they may qualify for protections or who have already been granted relief in the past under DACA. Currently, USCIS is

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While DACA remains a temporary relief program, members of Congress continue to introduce bills that would provide eligible current, former, and future undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship through a three-step process.

When and how often should DACA be renewed?

Generally, DACA expires every two years, and the renewal process should begin at least 120 to 150 days before the expiration of your DACA relief in order to ensure that you are not left unprotected at any time. The expiration date can be found on your current I-797 DACA approval notice and on your Employment Authorization Notice.

In order to qualify for renewal, you will need to make sure that you

  • Did not leave the U.S. on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without approved advance parole
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since your most recent DACA request was approved
  • Have not become ineligible for DACA through criminal convictions since your most recent DACA was approved

What’s the process to renew DACA?

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