How to Renew Your DACA Status Online

Updated on April 10, 2024

Renewing your DACA status is an important process that ensures you maintain your protections and benefits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to renew your DACA status online.

30 Second Recap:

To renew your DACA online, gather required documents, create a USCIS online account, complete Form I-821D, upload supporting documents, review and sign, pay the $495 fee, submit your application, and monitor your status. Start early and consult the USCIS website or an attorney if you have questions.

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

Before beginning the online renewal process, ensure you have all the necessary documents:

  • A copy of your current Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Proof of identity (e.g., passport, state-issued ID)
  • Proof of continuous residence since your last DACA approval
  • Any additional supporting documents

Step 2: Create or Log In to Your USCIS Online Account

Go to the USCIS website and create an online account if you don’t already have one. If you have an existing account, log in using your credentials.

Step 3: Complete Form I-821D Online

Once logged in, locate and select Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Fill out the form accurately and completely. The online system will guide you through each section of the form.

Step 4: Upload Supporting Documents

After completing Form I-821D, you’ll be prompted to upload your supporting documents. Make sure your documents are clear, legible, and in an acceptable format (e.g., PDF, JPEG).

Step 5: Review and Sign

Carefully review your completed Form I-821D and uploaded documents for accuracy. If everything is correct, electronically sign the form.

Step 6: Pay the Renewal Fee

Pay the $495 DACA renewal fee online using a credit card, debit card, or direct bank account transfer. Ensure that your payment information is accurate and that you have sufficient funds available.

For a complete overview of the DACA renewal fees, check out this guide.

Step 7: Submit Your Application

After completing all the previous steps, submit your online DACA renewal application. You will receive a confirmation message and a receipt number. Save this information for your records.

Step 8: Monitor Your Application Status

You can check the status of your DACA renewal application online using your USCIS online account. Log in periodically to monitor any updates or messages related to your application.

Tips for a Successful Online DACA Renewal:

Start your renewal application well before your current DACA expiration date to allow plenty of time for processing.

  • Ensure all information provided is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Use high-quality scans or images of your supporting documents.
  • Double-check your form and documents before submission.
  • Keep your USCIS online account information secure and confidential.
  • If you encounter any issues or have questions during the online renewal process, consult the USCIS website’s FAQ section or contact USCIS directly for assistance.

Final Thoughts

Remember, while renewing your DACA status online can be convenient, it’s essential to stay informed about any changes to the program and to consult with a qualified immigration attorney if you have any concerns about your specific case.

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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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