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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows certain undocumented persons who entered the United States as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for an Employment Authorization Document.
There are many eligibility requirements to obtain DACA, including your age upon entry to the United States, current age, and continued physical presence in the United States. In addition, recent changes to the law include that the Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting new applications for DACA. Therefore, only renewals are currently accepted, meaning if an individual has not already had DACA, they are no longer eligible.
If you need assistance with DACA, including application renewal, contact the Palm Harbor DACA lawyers at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. Call (727) 939-6113 today. We also serve clients in Clearwater.
Individuals who still qualify may renew DACA. To do so, you will need to follow the DACA renewal process. It is best to work with an attorney, as any mistake could result in delays or renewal application denial.
The steps to renew DACA include:
- First, ensure that you still qualify for DACA. If you are not eligible, your renewal application will be denied.
- Gather and prepare all necessary documents, including the most recent version of Form I-821D, available on the USCIS website.
- Submit your application package with all completed required forms and documentation, as well as any applicable fees.
- After receiving your official notice of receipt, followed by your biometrics appointment notice, prepare for and complete your biometrics appointment.
You will receive a decision regarding your renewal application in the mail. If you are approved, you will also receive a new work card by mail.
Qualifying for DACA Renewal
According to the USCIS, to qualify for DACA renewal, you must meet the following criteria in addition to the original 2012 guidelines:
- You have not left the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012 without advanced parole
- You have lived in the U.S. continuously since the time your most recent DACA application was approved
- You have never been convicted of more than two misdemeanors, any significant misdemeanor, or a felony and you are not a threat to public and/or national safety and security
The Tampa Bay DACA lawyers at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. can help you understand your rights and legal options. We serve clients throughout Florida and from across the United States.