USCIS indicated that it will no longer accept one bundled payment (check, money order, etc.) for all the forms included in your DACA renewal request. Be sure to include two separate checks:
- $410 for the I-765
- $85 for the I-821D
USCIS may reject the entire package if you include a combined check for $495.
DACA continues to be under threat.
On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published a decision on the Texas v. United States DACA case. The Court of Appeals agrees with the original judgment on the case that DACA is unlawful but renewals for existing DACA recipients will remain open. This means:
- Renewals are still open right now
- First-time DACA filings will not be processed
- Advance parole for current DACA recipients is still available
Renewals can be submitted online!
On April 12, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that DACA renewals can now be filed online. Current DACA recipients must first create a USCIS online account in order to file Forms I-821D (DACA) and I-765 (Work permit) online. The online account provides a quick and easy method of submitting forms, paying fees, and tracking the status of USCIS applications. Initial DACA filings are not being processed at this time.
Things to Consider
We know this can be overwhelming but some things to also keep in mind while you consider renewing:
When should I renew?
Have you had any police or ICE interaction since your last renewal?
Renew Your DACA
The following information will help you to prepare to file either online or by mail, but should not be considered as legal advice and should not replace legal advice from an attorney or certified representative. Everyone’s case is different, which is why we strongly urge you to consider seeking out assistance from local non-profit organizations that provide free to low-cost legal assistance or visit our DACA renewal help page to see renewal clinics near you.
Online DACA Renewal GuideNew!
With Guidance from “How to Easily Renew Your DACA in 2022” created by United We Dream.
DACA renewals can now be filed online. The online account provides a quick and easy method for submitting forms, paying fees, and tracking the status of USCIS applications.
- Find your previous renewal filing and use it as a guide to complete your new renewal filing. You can cross-reference your old and new filings to ensure the information is consistent. But make sure the information you provide on your new renewal filing is updated. For example, if you recently moved, make sure your current physical and mailing address is listed on your DACA renewal form.
- Create a Free USCIS Account Online. Once you set up your USCIS account, login and click on the “Menu” option in the top right hand corner. Under “Account Actions” you will see an option to file a form online.
You can file the following forms online:
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Instruction guide for Form I-821D
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Instructions guide for Form I-765
* Concurrent filing available. You can complete Form I-765 after you sign Form I-821D, allowing you to submit both forms at the same time. **You will also need to submit form I-765WS. This form isn’t available to fill out electronically, so you will need to print it and upload it to the USCIS portal with your other documents. Click here for a guide on how to upload documents with your phone created by United We Dream.
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Fill Out All Your Forms. Use your previous DACA renewal application to guide you through filling out the online forms. If you do not have a copy, fill out the application to the best of your ability or we strongly urge you to consider seeking out assistance from local non-profit organizations that provide free to low-cost legal assistance. See here for DACA renewal clinics near you.
USICS will automatically save your responses when you navigate to another section of the form. They will save your information for 30 days from the last day you worked on the forms. If you do not work on your application after 30 days, they will delete your data in order to prevent storing personal information indefinitely.
Here are instruction guides for help filing Form I-821D and Form I-765.
- Pay the $495 Fee. After you complete and sign Form I-821D and Form I-765, you will need to pay the $495 fee. USCIS will direct you to the Department of Treasury site, pay.gov, to pay your fees online. You will be able to pay through the following methods:
- Credit card, debit card, or prepaid card
- Bank account withdrawals
- Upload Supporting Documents. Once you’ve paid the application fee, you will be able to upload supporting evidence and documents.
- Submit Your Application! After carefully reviewing your application for accuracy, make a copy of your application for your records and submit your renewal!
Track Your Case Online. You can come back to your USCIS account to check on the status of your renewal. USCIS has started to request biometrics for certain cases again, therefore ensure that you keep track of your application status in case they request your biometrics. Failure to show up for your biometrics appointment could result in delay or denial of your renewal application.
DACA Renewal Online Application FAQ: New!
You may encounter some questions that weren’t on the paper applications. Below are some helpful ways to answer, if you are unsure how you should answer please speak to an attorney or DOJ-accredited representative.
Form I-765: What is your current immigration status or category?
Form I-821D: Were you initially granted deferred action under DACA by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
Form I-821D: What was your immigration status on June 15, 2012?
Stay away from immigration “consultants” that are not licensed or accredited to provide you with immigration services. Check out this fraud prevention resource.
Submit your DACA Renewal via mail:
With Guidance from “How To Easily Renew Your DACA” created by United We Dream
Step 1: Find a renewal clinic, accredited rep., or immigration attorney
Step 2: Find your previous renewal filing
Step 3: Download the correct forms
Step 4: Accurately fill out all forms
Step 5: Create a cover letter
Step 6: Purchase your money order
Step 7: Photocopy your entire filing
Step 8: Package and send your filing
After reviewing and double-checking your renewal filing for accuracy, and, ideally, upon final review by an attorney or legal representative, you are ready to send.
**IF you were arrested between your last DACA grant and now, you MUST go see an attorney before submitting your filing.**
Find a DACA Help Near You
How to Fund Your Renewal
Paying the DACA renewal fee of $495 can be a barrier when deciding to renew. Take a look at some recommended financial resources and advice we adapted from our friends at the HomeIsHere campaign:
- Find help locally
- DACA Help Map: Use the Informed Immigrant DACA help map to search for DACA renewal workshops in your area.
- Find a lawyer: Use the Informed Immigrant Legal Service Directory to find a pro bono legal service organization near you.
- Mexican Consulate: If you are a DACA beneficiary of Mexican origin, approach your consulate for an immigration screening and individualized legal assistance. Call the Mexican Consulate Immigration Hotline at 520-623-7874 for general information, or the Department of Protection at the Mexican Consulate at your consulate for assistance with your DACA renewal application and fees. Find a list of local Mexican Consulates.
- Personal Fundraising
- GoFundMe: Start a personal fundraising page on GoFundMe, which launched an effort to help DACA recipients crowd fund for renewal fees.
- Ask family: Send letters and emails to select friends or family members. Template here.
- Birthday fundraiser: Instead of gifts for your birthday, ask for money to help you pay for the renewal request.
- Institutional help
- Talk to your employer and ask if they can cover the cost of your renewal fee to minimize the risk that your employment would be disrupted while awaiting a decision on your DACA and work permit renewal.
- Faith Community: If you are a member of a faith group, reach out to your house of worship; they may be willing to help.
- If you are a college or university student contact your Diversity & Inclusion, Dream Center, or financial aid office for emergency assistance programs.
- Apply to the Voto Latino pro bono project with King & Spalding LLP UndocuNeighbor initiative.
- Apply to the United We Dream DACA renewal fund.
- Consider Mission Asset fund DACA Fee Assistance Program
Can I apply for DACA for the first time?
Can I still renew my DACA?
My DACA expired. Is it too late to renew it?
What’s the point of talking to an attorney?
Renewals can be submitted online!
Current DACA recipients must first create a USCIS online account in order to file Forms I-821D (DACA) and I-765 (Work permit) online. The online account provides a quick and easy method of submitting forms, paying fees, and tracking the status of USCIS applications.
How Long Will My DACA Application Take? DACA processing times vary widely. USCIS is not currently processing new DACA applications, but it processes DACA renewals in an average of 1.1 months.Is DACA still active 2023? ›
Under current court orders, the government is not processing first-time DACA applications, but existing DACA approvals remain in place and can be renewed.What is your current immigration status with DACA? ›
DACA recipients are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship. However, a DACA recipient may be eligible for a marriage green card under certain conditions.Is it faster to file DACA renewal online? ›
Advantages of Applying Online
There are several advantages to filing the DACA renewal forms online. For most applicants, applying online is much simpler, faster, and convenient than paper filing.
You should submit your DACA renewal request between 150 days (5 months) to 120 days (4 months) before your expiration date. If you submit your request after the 120-day window, you could be at risk of losing your job and other protections.How many months in advance should I renew my DACA? ›
USCIS encourages DACA recipients to complete their renewal application during the 120-150 day window before expiration to provide enough time for processing and to avoid a lapse in their DACA. However, requests received earlier than 150 days will be accepted.Can I renew DACA a year early? ›
Yes. While USCIS recommends filing for renewal between 150 and 120 days from when your DACA expires, requests received earlier than 150 days and up to 365 days in advance will be accepted. However, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal.What is DACA changing in 2023? ›
The Dream Act of 2023 would allow approximately 1.9 million eligible Dreamers brought to America as children, including the roughly 600,000 current DACA recipients, to receive permanent protections to live and work in the U.S.How can I speed up my DACA renewal? ›
You can generally request expedited processing by calling the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) or by asking Emma after you have obtained a receipt notice. (You can access Emma by clicking on the Ask Emma icon on the top right of this page).
Even if you don't submit your completed renewal application at least 120 days before your current DACA and EAD expire, USCIS will still accept and process the application. But your DACA may lapse for several weeks or months, depending on how late you applied for renewal.Are DACA renewals being accepted? ›
If you have a pending renewal application, you do not need to reapply. Effective Oct. 31, 2022, we will accept and process renewal DACA requests and accompanying requests for employment authorization under the final rule, consistent with court orders and an ongoing partial stay.Can I renew my DACA by myself? ›
To file Form I-821D and Form I-765 online, a DACA requestor must first create a USCIS online account, which provides a convenient and secure method to submit forms, pay fees and track the status of any pending USCIS immigration request throughout the adjudication process.Where do you send DACA renewal? ›
|U.S. Postal Service||USPS Express Mail/Fed Ex/UPS|
|USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility USCIS P.O. Box 5757 Chicago, IL 60680-5757||USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility USCIS Attn: DACA 131 S. Dearborn – 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60603-5517|
The Court's decision restores the 2012 Obama Administration DACA policy in full. The court's decision ordered the Administration to reopen DACA for new applicants, reopen Advance Parole, and allow current DACA recipients to continue to renew their status.How can I check my immigration status online? ›
- Find your “Receipt Number.” (See “Receipt Numbers” below.)
- Visit USCIS' “Case Status Online” tracker.
- Enter your Receipt Number.
- Click “Check Status.”
Form I-765: What is your current immigration status or category? There is currently no category for DACA. No Lawful Status (NLS) would be the most appropriate option for a DACA recipient filing their I-765.What is the fastest DACA renewal? ›
USCIS' current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. If your renewal request has been pending more than 105 days and you have not heard from us, please feel free to contact us. Please contact us through the USCIS Contact Center or by sending a message from your USCIS online account inbox.Can DACA renewal be denied? ›
If USCIS denies your DACA renewal case, it will send you a denial notice explaining why. It can be disheartening to go through months of processing for DACA status only to have your case denied. If this happens, you may want to get legal advice about the next steps.What documents needed to renew DACA? ›
To ensure your request is accepted for processing, be sure to complete these required form fields: Form I-821D: Name, Address, Date of Birth, Initial Request or Renewal Request, expiration date of most recent period of DACA (renewals only), A-Number (renewals only)
If you currently have DACA or your DACA has been expired for less than one year, you can submit a DACA renewal application.Can I renew my DACA if it expires in a month? ›
Filing Less Than 5 Months Before Expiration
Waiting too long can make it impossible to renew. If you file after your most recent DACA period expired, but within one year of its expiration, you may submit a request to renew your DACA.
These are domestic violence, burglary, sexual abuse or exploitation, drug trafficking (or distribution), the unlawful possession or use of a firearm, and DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs). If a crime does not meet this definition, however, it still may be considered a significant misdemeanor.What prevents a DACA renewal? ›
If you are applying to renew your DACA status, there are some reasons that USCIS might reject your application. Common reasons include failing to reply to requests for evidence (RFEs) or experiencing changes since your last application that make you no longer eligible for DACA.What age does DACA end? ›
Anyone requesting DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 (this means you must have been born on or after June 16, 1981).What are the new changes for DACA? ›
What has changed? The rule does not make any significant changes to DACA eligibility, protections, or the application process. Current DACA recipients can continue to renew if they are eligible, but the government is still barred under court order from processing new, first-time applications.Can DACA recipients travel within the US 2023? ›
DACA recipients can travel within the United States.
In late 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved to travel to Puerto Rico and the United States territories without advance parole.
As cycle times improve, processing times will follow, and applicants and petitioners will receive decisions on their cases more quickly. USCIS will increase capacity, improve technology, and expand staffing to achieve these new goals by the end of FY 2023.Is it faster to renew DACA online or by mail? ›
In most cases, renewing your DACA status online is faster and easier than filing by mail.How long is EAD processing 2023? ›
The current USCIS processing time for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD), is between 2 and 3 months.
The ID you present must be valid (not expired at the time of travel) and must be issued by an official government body. Acceptable IDs include, but are not limited to, a U.S. state-issued driver's license, driver's permit, or a passport from your country of nationality.Do I need supporting documents for a DACA renewal? ›
When you file your DACA renewal or new DACA application, you will need to submit supporting documents to prove that you are eligible for DACA. The documents you need to submit will be different depending on whether you are renewing or applying for the first time. They will also vary based on your personal background.Who can I contact about my DACA renewal? ›
Our toll free number is 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) and our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Eastern.Do I need to send pictures with my DACA renewal? ›
This is a list of what to include in the packet: A completed and signed Form I-821D □ A completed and signed Form I-765 □ A completed Form I-765WS □ A completed Form G-1145 (optional) □ 2 passport-style photographs of you taken within the last 30 days.What is your current immigration status? ›
Typically, you can find your status at last entry on your nonimmigrant visa or Form I-94. However, if you changed your status since arriving, your visa category may be different. In this case you can likely find your current immigration status on a Form I-797A, Notice of Action.Can I renew my DACA while waiting for green card? ›
Yes. While USCIS recommends filing for renewal between 150 and 120 days from when your DACA expires, requests received earlier than 150 days and up to 365 days in advance will be accepted. However, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal.Are there currently immigrants who are already enrolled in DACA are still eligible to renew their work permits? ›
Those who hold DACA can continue to renew their deferred action and work permits.What are the 3 types of immigrants? ›
- 1 - Economic immigrant. ...
- 2 - Immigrant sponsored by family. ...
- 3 - Refugee. ...
- 4 - Other immigrant.
When immigrating to the US, there are four different types of immigration status categories that individuals may fall into: citizens, residents, non-immigrants, and undocumented immigrants.What are the 5 types of immigrants? ›
- OVERVIEW OF TYPES OF IMMIGRATION STATUS.
- NATURALIZED CITIZEN.
- LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT (LPR)
- CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT.
- April 1, 2013.
- SUMMARY OF FAMILY-SPONSORED VISAS.
- VAWA SELF-PETITIONER.
- SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE (SIJ) STATUS.
DACA gives undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program requires that the DACA status and work permit be renewed every two years. On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum noting his administration's intent to both preserve and fortify DACA.Can I keep working if my DACA expires? ›
Unfortunately, your employer can legally terminate your employment once your work EAD expires.What happens if my DACA expires before renewal? ›
Even if you don't submit your completed renewal application at least 120 days before your current DACA and EAD expire, USCIS will still accept and process the application. But your DACA may lapse for several weeks or months, depending on how late you applied for renewal.