DACA Renewal Checklist

Updated on April 10, 2024

If you are a current DACA recipient and need to renew your status, it’s essential to be well-prepared. Use this checklist to ensure you have everything you need for a smooth renewal process.

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Use this checklist for your DACA renewal: verify eligibility, gather documents (identity, residence, EAD), complete Form I-821D, obtain payment, make a copy of your application package, submit to USCIS, and monitor your case status. Start early and consult an attorney if needed. DACA Renewal Fees: What You Need to Know

DACA Renewal Checklist Overview

Below, we will walk you through all of the things you need to have for a successful DACA renewal. Here’s a quick overview:

The image shows a checklist of what DACA renewal applicants need:Eligibility Checklist:Meet initial DACA requirementsStayed in U.S. since 8/15/2012Continuous residence post-DACA approvalIdentity proof (passport, state ID, EAD)Continuous residence proof (receipts, bills, records)Current EAD copyAdditional supporting documentsComplete Form I-821DPayment of $495 via money order, checkCopy entire renewal packageUse trackable shipping

Eligibility

  • Verify that you meet the initial DACA requirements
  • Confirm you have not departed the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole
  • Ensure you have continuously resided in the U.S. since your most recent DACA approval

Learn more about DACA eligibility here.

Documents

  • Proof of identity (e.g., passport, state-issued ID, or EAD)
  • Proof of continuous residence (e.g., rent receipts, utility bills, or school records)
  • Copy of your current Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Any other supporting documents as needed

Learn more about the documents required to renew DACA here.

Application

  • Download and complete Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Review the form for accuracy and completeness
  • Sign and date the form

Read about the DACA renewal process here.

Payment

  • Obtain a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check for $495, payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
  • Double-check that the payment amount is correct and the check is signed

Submission

  • Make a copy of your entire renewal application package for your records
  • Mail the completed Form I-821D, supporting documents, and application fee to the appropriate USCIS lockbox facility
  • Use a trackable shipping method to confirm delivery

Follow-up

  • Check the status of your renewal application online using your receipt number
  • Respond promptly to any Requests for Evidence (RFE) from USCIS
  • Attend a biometrics appointment or interview if required
  • Monitor your mail for your renewed EAD and approval notice

Final Thoughts

Remember to start the renewal process well in advance of your current DACA expiration date to allow sufficient time for processing. If you have any questions or concerns about your DACA renewal, consult with a qualified immigration attorney for personalized guidance.

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