Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, allows certain undocumented individuals to live and work in the U.S. while avoiding immigration issues for two years. Dream Act was put forward by the Obama Administration and intended to pave the way for certain undocumented individuals to attain U.S. citizenship. However, the program currently has no pathway for DACA recipients to apply for citizenship.

Potential DACA recipients can apply to defer immigration proceedings against them for two years. Upon expiration of initial DACA status, individuals can apply for renewal for another two years.

Here we will show you how to prepare for Deferred Action renewal.

Who can Apply for Renewal of Deferred Status?

Individuals can apply for renewal of their deferred status subject to certain conditions. More specifically, individuals who received the original grant for deferred status can apply if they:

  • Have remained in the U.S. since August 15, 2012;
  • Have obtained advance parole prior to departing abroad during this period;
  • Have not been convicted of felony charges, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanor.

If you were granted the initial request for deferred status and fulfill the above criteria, you can apply for renewal of your deferred status. The process of applying for renewal of deferred status according to DACA is similar to making initial application.

Deferred Action Renewal Process

In order to apply for renewal of deferred status, you have to download and submit Form I-821D, Application for Consideration of DACA. When filing the form, pay close attention to questions that relate to renewal of deferred status.

In addition to filing Form I-821D, you must also again apply for EAD (Employment Authorization Document) by filing Form I-765 and I-765W Worksheet. Both these forms are available on the USCIS website as well as U.S. Immigration Technology.

Note that you do not have to file any document when you apply for renewal of your deferred action plan. The only case when you have to submit additional document is when you have been convicted of a criminal offence, you received additional documents from the immigration authority regarding your case, or have not filed required document when submitting initial application for deferred status.

The total filing fee for renewal of deferred status is $465. This includes $380 for Form I-765 and $80 for biometric services such as taking your photo and fingerprints.