If your initial two-year grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is expiring, then you may request a renewal of your employment authorization document (EAD). In order to make sure that your EAD does not expire before the new one is approved, you should submit your renewal request about 120 days (4 months) before your current period of deferred action will expire.
In order to be eligible to renew under DACA, you must continue to meet the initial DACA guidelines. In addition, there are some additional guidelines. You must establish that you:
- Did NOT depart the United States on or after August 15, 2012, (at least, not without first obtaining USCIS permission, in the form of what’s called “Advance Parole.”);
- Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Importantly, proof of continued school enrollment or graduation is not required to renew under DACA.
Like the initial DACA application, the filing fee to renew your DACA is $465. In addition, USCIS will take your fingerprints and conduct a check of your criminal and FBI records (if any). If you have been arrested or convicted of any crime after the approval of your initial DACA application, you should absolutely see an attorney.
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