Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young noncitizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period. In addition, they will continue to have work authorization and to be eligible to receive a social security number, and, in nearly every state, a driver’s license.
DACA recipients are encouraged to request renewal between four to five months ahead of their expiration date to avoid a lapse. A lapse in DACA could result in a loss of work authorization and a driver’s license. To avoid these and other severe consequences, DACA recipients are encouraged to apply for renewal roughly four months before their expiration dates.
Although DACA recipients who seek to renew must complete an updated and slightly shorter version of the DACA application, as well as two applications related to work authorization, pay a filing fee, and submit to a background check, the renewal process is relatively straightforward and most DACA recipients should qualify for renewal.
Our staff at HIAS Chicago assists clients:
Call HIAS Chicago at 312-357-4666 for more information and to schedule an appointment.