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DACA Renewals Begin

The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal form has finally been released. We have been waiting a couple of months for this, but it has arrived before most DACA recipients need to renew.

According to the instructions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, if you have already been granted DACA you should file your renewal 120 days before your work permit expires. If you have less than 120 days remaining on your permit, or if it expires, you should renew as quickly as possible. If you file more than 150 days before your card expires, your application will not be accepted. You have to pay a $465 fee to Homeland Security to renew and you have to submit three USCIS forms, which you can find here. http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhoo...

If you need help filling out this application, most non-profits will charge between $150 and $200. Some non-profits have received funding to do the cases for free. In my an upcoming post, I will tell you where you can access services.

Private attorneys should not charge more than $400 for this service. If someone asks for more money than that, go to a different lawyer. In most cases, it should take a lawyer less than two hours to complete the renewal of DACA. Also, please never use a “Notario” to do legal work. They are not lawyers and are not authorized to perform legal services. Do not go for legal help to someone who is acting illegally.

When you apply to renew for DACA you do not have to submit additional documents unless you have been placed into removal proceedings or have been arrested or had other criminal matters arise. This should not be a particularly difficult renewal for most people.

-Patrick Young, Esq.
Patrick Young is an attorney at CARECEN



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