USCIS Provides Crucial Updates for DACA Renewal Process

USCIS Provides Crucial Updates for DACA Renewal Process

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued important reminders regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process. Despite ongoing challenges, USCIS affirms its commitment to adjudicating most DACA renewal requests within the 120-day processing time goal. DACA recipients are urged to file renewal requests between 150 and 120 days before the expiration date on their current Form I-797 DACA approval notice to avoid lapses in status.

The filing process for DACA renewals allows applicants to choose between online and paper submissions. Online filing necessitates the creation of a USCIS online account, offering secure and convenient processing options. While there is no fee to set up an online account, paper filers are encouraged to use Form G-1145 for electronic notifications.

A notable change in fees has been implemented by USCIS, effective April 1, 2024. While the fee for Form I-821D remains unchanged, the fee for Form I-765 has increased to $520. However, online filers are eligible for a $50 discount on Form I-765 applications.

USCIS emphasizes its dedication to processing DACA renewals promptly, citing historical data indicating a median processing time of one month in FY 2023 and less than two months for the first quarter of FY 2024. Delays may occur due to various factors, including biometrics appointments, security checks, travel issues, and incomplete submissions.

Recent delays attributed to technical issues are being addressed by USCIS, with additional resources allocated to resolve affected requests. DACA renewal requestors experiencing delays beyond 105 days may submit inquiries online, and expedited processing requests are considered case-by-case.


Source: DACA