By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
USCIS has released DACA renewal forms and more details about the process, read more in my previous post “Renew Your DACA!“.
Because it will take time for our DACA renewals to process and there is an expiration date on our current work permits, USCIS advices that we submit our renewal request about 120 days (4 months) before your current period of deferred action will expire. NOTE- Requests received earlier than 150 days in advance will be accepted; however, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal. This means your renewal period may extend for less than a full two years from the date that your current DACA period expires.
To know your exact one-month window period to renew your DACA, I highly recommend using the National Immigration Law Center’s DACA renewal calculator. All you need to do is enter your work permit’s expiration date and it provides you with the exact one-month period that you should renew your DACA.
NOTE- If you miss your one-month window, you can still apply for your DACA renewal. The best time for you to submit your DACA renewal application to USCIS is 120 to 150 days before the date your current DACA and EAD expire. If you apply within this window of time and USCIS delays processing your application, USCIS may provide you deferred action and work authorization for a short period of time until a decision is made on your case.
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