On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive action to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program allows immigrants who were brought into the United States before reaching the age of 16 to legally remain living and working in the U.S. without the threat of deportation. Here are some of the other recent updates regarding DACA since December 2020:
- Individuals that have never been a part of the DACA program and are eligible, can apply for the first time
- Advance Parole has returned to its original form
- Anyone who received a 1-year renewal of their DACA will automatically have their protections extended to two years
- Renewals can continually be accepted
The Renewal Process
The first step in the renewal process is to find an experienced immigration attorney to help guide you through the process. If there is even one mistake during the application process, it can cost you your freedom. Having experienced legal representation can help ensure you have the best chance for a successful renewal.
The next step is to correctly fill out all of the necessary documentation to submit for your renewal. These documents include:
- Form I-821D
- Form I-765
- Form I-765WS
- Form G-1145
Once all the required documents are filled out, you must create a cover letter including a checklist of the items in the filing to help the USCIS offer during their review. You will also need to include two passport photos with your I-765 form.
You must then purchase a money order from your local post office or bank with a value of $495 made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” to cover the biometric and processing fees.
The last step is to send your renewal packet. Here is a final list of all the items you should include in your packet:
- $495 Money Order
- Cover Letter
- Completed Form G-1145
- Completed Form I-821D
- Completed Form I-765
- Two passport photos- taken within 30 days of your filing
- Copy of the front and back of your current employment authorization document
- Completed Form I-765WS
- Copies of any supporting documentation
Contact Our Greer Immigration Team Today
We understand that the DACA renewal process can be daunting and confusing. With extensive experience in immigration law, we are uniquely prepared to help you apply for renewal in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
If you are in need of a DACA status renewal, find out how we can help today by contacting us through our website or give us a call at (864) 697-2870 to schedule a consultation!