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Peak Time for DACA Renewals Soon

Immigrants who received work permits under the DACA program are supposed to renew their work permits four to five months before they expire. The Brookings Institute has prepared a fascinating graph of when renweals of DACA should peak. Here it is, along with their explanation:

In October 2012, the first month with a significant number of DACA adjudications, almost 28,000 young people were approved for DACA. Given the renewal window, these people must have submitted their renewal application by the end of June 2014.

We expect the volume to really ramp up starting this month. In November 2012, 48,000 DACA applicants were approved. Those 48,000 will have to submit their applications for renewal no later than the date they received their work authorization this July. And for the most part over the following six months into 2015, that pace continues (between 44,000 and 50,000 renewals should be submitted nationally each month). At that point, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of all of the renewals should be processed.

After January, the number of renewals that will need to be submitted and processed each month will taper. This reflects the tempo of applications; the many applicants who submitted their applications during through November 2012—the very beginning of the program—created a bulge that took USCIS time to work through.


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