Reasons Your DACA Renewal May Be Delayed

Updated on April 11, 2024

If you have submitted your DACA renewal application and are waiting for a decision, you may experience a longer processing time than expected. Several factors can contribute to delays in the DACA renewal process. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common reasons for DACA renewal delays and what you can do to minimize the risk of a delayed application.

30 Second Recap:

DACA renewal delays can occur due to incomplete or inaccurate applications, missing supporting documents, background check issues, increased processing times, Requests for Evidence (RFE), or administrative processing. Check your case status online, respond promptly to RFEs, and consider seeking professional guidance if you encounter delays or concerns.

1. Incomplete or Inaccurate Application 

One of the most common reasons for DACA renewal delays is submitting an incomplete or inaccurate application. Ensure that you fill out Form I-821D correctly, provide all required information, and sign the form. Double-check your application package before submitting it to avoid delays due to missing or incorrect information.

2. Missing Supporting Documents 

Failing to include all necessary supporting documents can also lead to delays in processing your DACA renewal. Make sure to provide proof of identity, continuous residence, and any other required documents as specified by USCIS. If you fail to include a required document, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE), which can significantly extend the processing time.

3. Background Check Issues 

All DACA renewal applicants must undergo a background check. If your background check reveals any issues, such as arrests or criminal convictions, your application may require additional review, leading to processing delays. Be proactive in resolving any outstanding legal issues before submitting your renewal application.

4. Increased Processing Times

Due to high volumes of applications or changes in processing procedures, USCIS may experience increased processing times for DACA renewals. These delays can be particularly common around the time of DACA program deadlines or changes. To minimize the impact of potential processing delays, submit your renewal application well in advance of your current DACA expiration date.

5. Requests for Additional Evidence 

If USCIS requires additional information or documentation to process your DACA renewal, they will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE). Responding to an RFE can add significant time to your application processing. To avoid RFEs, ensure that you provide comprehensive and accurate information in your initial application package.

6. Administrative Processing 

In some cases, DACA renewal applications may be subject to additional administrative processing. This can occur if your case requires further review or verification of information. Administrative processing can extend the overall processing time for your renewal application.

If you experience a delay in your DACA renewal processing, there are a few steps you can take:

  • Check your case status online using your receipt number to see if there are any updates or messages from USCIS.
  • If USCIS has sent you an RFE, respond promptly and thoroughly to avoid further delays.
  • If your DACA expires while your renewal application is pending, you may temporarily lose your work authorization and protection from deportation. Consider consulting with an immigration attorney to discuss your options.
  • In some cases, you may need to submit a new DACA application if your renewal is not processed before your current DACA expires.

Final Thoughts

While DACA renewal delays can be frustrating, it’s important to remain patient and proactive throughout the process. Stay informed about your case status, respond promptly to any USCIS requests, and consider seeking professional guidance if you encounter any complex issues or concerns.

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Frank Gogol

I’m a firm believer that information is the key to financial freedom. On the Stilt Blog, I write about the complex topics — like finance, immigration, and technology — to help immigrants make the most of their lives in the U.S. Our content and brand have been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and more.

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