2020 DACA Resources
Who qualifies for DACA Renewal?
Individuals who have been granted DACA and whose work permits are expiring this year.
- USCIS is currently NOT accepting request from first time DACA applicants
Stay up to date with your immigration status. This is a good time to check when your DACA expires and reach out to a non-profit legal service provider in PA or your private attorney.
DACA requirements & Eligibility
You may request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are you currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of competition from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
- You must also be at least 15 years or older to request deferred action, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order.
What forms to Use:
All DACA recipients must fill out all questions except designated “For Initial Request Only“. All forms must be submitted to USCIS. Always use forms from USCIS website. Never pay to download application forms.
- I-821D Form,
- Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
- Form I-765WS worksheet
- Send a copy of your Work Authorization Card (front and back) or approval notice
- 2 passport pictures
- $495 Check or money order made out to U.S Department of Homeland Security
- Find out where to mail your forms to
What is the Cost of Renewal?
$495. This is what the $495 covers: $380 application fee and $85 fee for biometrics.
Changes to DACA Application Processing during COVID-19
USCIS has temporary suspended in-person services until May 3, 2020. USCS staff will continue to perform business that do not involved contact with the public (USCIS, 2020).
Biometrics appointments scheduled for or after March 18 will process applications using your previous biometrics. This will remain in effect until USCIS in-person services resume. Click here for updates
Signatures on forms- original ink signatures are not required at this time to submit renewal requests. Applicants or attorney’s signature are still needed but they can be used from a scanned, emailed or faxed signature. This means that you can work with your legal service provider remotely to get your DACA application ready for renewal! More helpful information and tips here!
It is uncertain how office closures will impact DACA applications processing time, so be conscious of your DACA expiration date and apply ASAP.
Where to find trusted Legal Support?
Most of the legal service providers in PA are providing virtual immigration support. Reach out to them individually to find out about services
|Legal Service Organizations
|Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
|Nationalities Service Center
How to get involved with DACA and Immigrant Rights Advocacy
- Join a local immigrant rights organization locally or PICC’s statewide youth organizing membership to fight for immigrant communities!
- You can share your story! Sign up to become a public speaker and/or press speaker
- Continue to check out this website for DACA and immigration updates and to learn more about upcoming events and actions.