Christopher B. McKinney, Attorney at Law, LLC


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA Renewals

Grants of deferred action and work authorization under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will begin expiring soon. USCIS has not released the form that will be required for renewal applications. USCIS has stated that the fee charged will remain the same, $465. USCIS has also recommended that applicants file renewal paperwork in a window of 150 to 120 days before their work authorization expires. According to USCIS, filing within this window will prevent applicants from having their work authorization expire or from accruing unlawful presence. Renewal applications will likely require less supporting documentation than required with original applications. However, relevant changes may need to be supported with new documentation.