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Ready to renew DACA? USCIS announces renewal process & new form

Since the implementation of DACA in August 2012, more than 7,000 Oregonians who came to the U.S. as children and studied here have applied for and received the benefit, which includes work authorization.  Many DACA holders are already wondering how and when to renew their benefits.  Today U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will now begin accepting applications from those who are eligible to renew.  All DACA applicants, whether they are renewing or applying for the first time, must apply using the new Form I-821D released by USCIS today.

When to renew?

DACA holders should apply to renew their benefits at least 120 days (four months) before their current DACA and work permit expire.  NOTE: USCIS may reject any application filed more than 150 days before expiration.  Get in touch with your attorney about six months before your benefits expire to allow time to prepare your application.

Are you eligible for renewal?

According to USCIS, an inidividual is eligible to renew DACA if he or she:
  • met the guidelines for consideration of Initial DACA;
  • did not depart the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012 without advanced parole;
  • has continuously resided in the U.S. since he or she first applied for DACA and up to the present; and
  • has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
It is recommended that you consult with an immigration attorney before submitting your renewal to avoid complications, understand risks, and learn about other options you may have. 

To find out if you are eligible to renew DACA, or if you want to apply for the first time, call ICS at (503) 221-1689 ext. 2105. 

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