New, President Biden signed an executive order to preserve and fortify DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrivals. Thanks to this memo, the secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General will recommit to DACA after the Trump Administration did everything but throw the kitchen sink trying to derail the program. On December 4, 2020, a New York Federal court ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reopen applications and restore DACA to its original form.
What the Recent DACA Decisions Mean for You
If you have never had DACA and are eligible, you can apply for the first time since December of 2017. Similarly, people who have DACA can renew their rights and protections, and anyone who received a 1-year renewal of their DACA will automatically have their protections extended to 2 years. Additionally, the advance parole program has been restored to its original form, which means you can apply to travel without risking deportation if you need to visit loved ones, work and take classes outside of the United States. (Please note that some travel restrictions may apply due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic).
How to Renew Your DACA
Once you hire us or other compentent council, you will fill out DACA request and work permit forms directly from USCIS. Your attorney will make sure you are using the correct forms. ed, every step of the way. While you're completing your paperwork, make sure to create a cover letter to help the USCIS officer navigate your application and take a new passport photo. These are things we can help with, whether they provide you with a cover letter template or look over a cover letter you have written yourself.
Next, you will need to purchase your money order from a U.S. Post Office or Bank – make it out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $495. Once you have everything, make a photocopy and send your DACA renewal filing by mail.
If you have an attorney, make an extra copy for them.
Use priority shipping that includes a tracking number so your filing doesn't get lost, and make it easier for USCIS officers by using paperclips and placing your documents in the following order:
- $495 Money Order
- Cover Letter
- Completed Form G-1145
- Completed Form I-821D
- Completed Form I-765
- 2 passport photos- taken within 30 days of your filing
- Copy of the front and back of your current employment authorization document
- Completed Form I-765WS
- Copies of any supporting documentation
Even if you choose not to retain an attorney throughout your application process, you should have one review your paperwork.