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Yes, DACA is still available to both apply for and renew. The White House issued a memorandum ensuring that DACA will continue and receive support. However, if you want to apply or renew, you will have to fill out the proper forms. Always apply or renew early to avoid any risks or complications down the line.
DACA's eligibility requirements include an education requirement, an age requirement, and a required amount of time spent living in the U.S. The general requirements for consideration of DACA are as follows:
The new expanded DACA application will change these requirements, making more people eligible. For example, there will no longer be an upper age requirement. It's best to thoroughly review the application and its guidelines to ensure you qualify.
The USCIS fee for filing Form I-821D costs $410. In addition, the agency might require an $85 biometrics service fee. Unfortunately, the USCIS won't refund your money, even if your application gets denied.
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Because of this, it is extremely important that you fill out all your forms and provide the correct supporting documents. One small mistake can cause time and money to go down the drain.
You may wonder what the wait times are for renewals or first-time applications. You can always check the USCIS website for status updates on your application or to get support. In addition, they provide general time frames that can give you an idea of how long it will take to process your application.
As a general rule of thumb, expect to wait several months for everything to get finalized. Since the wait times are usually always long, you should always aim to get a head start on filing your paperwork.
DACA does not give its recipients the right to travel outside of the U.S. or its territories. If you need to travel internationally, you'll need to apply for advance parole with the USCIS. Advanced parole can be very tough to get, and there's no guarantee that they'll grant you permission unless it's for education or very personal reasons.
While DACA recipients get to live and work in the U.S. in two-year intervals, it doesn't provide any direct pathway to citizenship. However, so long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for permanent residency. Once you get your green card, you can then eventually obtain citizenship through naturalization.
DACA doesn't offer any fast track towards permanent residency either. To speed up the process, it's possible to get a green card quicker if you get sponsored by a family member that's a U.S. citizen or marry a U.S. citizen.
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