DACA Renewal Fees: What You Need to Know

Updated on April 10, 2024

If you are a DACA recipient planning to renew your status, it’s crucial to understand the fees associated with the renewal process. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the current DACA renewal fees and some important considerations.

30 Second Recap:

The current DACA renewal fee is $495, payable by money order, personal check, or cashier’s check to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” There are no fee exemptions or reductions, but you may seek financial assistance or explore payment plans. Stay informed about any changes to DACA policies and fees.

Current DACA Renewal Fees

As of 2024, the DACA renewal fee is $495. This fee covers the cost of processing your renewal application, which includes a $410 filing fee for Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) and an $85 biometrics fee.

It’s important to note that the renewal fee is non-refundable, even if your application is denied. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements and provide accurate information on your application.

Payment Options

You can pay the DACA renewal fee using a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. Make sure to make the payment payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” and include your full name and USCIS case number (if applicable) on the check or money order.

Fee Exemptions and Reductions

Currently, there are no fee exemptions or reductions available for DACA renewals. However, if you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford the renewal fee, you may be able to explore other options, such as:

  1. Seeking financial assistance from local non-profit organizations or community groups that support DACA recipients
  2. Fundraising or crowdfunding to cover the cost of your renewal fee
  3. Exploring payment plans or low-interest loans from financial institutions or credit unions

It’s important to carefully consider your financial situation and explore all available options before submitting your DACA renewal application.

Staying Informed

DACA policies and fees are subject to change based on governmental decisions and ongoing litigation. It’s crucial to stay informed about any updates or changes to the DACA program that may impact your renewal application or fees.

Regularly check the USCIS website and reputable immigration law sources for the most current information on DACA renewals and associated fees.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the DACA renewal fees and payment options is an essential part of the renewal process. By staying informed and prepared, you can ensure a smooth and successful renewal of your DACA status.

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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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