The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced today the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned. By filing the new version of Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, eligible applicants will be able to renew their deferral for a period of two years. Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests. The Department of Homeland Security announced that since April 2014, more than 560,000 individuals have received DACA.
For individuals who were first approved for DACA, in 2012, this discretion will begin to expire in September 2014. In order to avoid a lapse in the period of deferral and employment authorization, individuals must file a renewal request before the expiration of their current DACA period. Our immigration lawyers encourage our clients to submit their renewal requests at least 120 days (4 months) prior to their current period’s expiration date.
Deferred Action (Dream Act) is a discretionary determination to defer deportation proceedings against any undocumented individual who has met certain criteria. Successful applicants who are approved for DACA will be able to remain in the United States and apply for work authorization for a temporary two year period. Individuals who can met this criteria and have never applied for DACA are still encouraged to do so as well. As a reminder, you must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 to qualify, as well as meet all these requirements.
If you are interested in the process to renew your DACA period, or if you have never applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals before, contact our immigration attorney in Los Angeles now for a FREE consultation.