By Brian in DACA | on 2022-07-07 14:46:52
DACA Recipients Can Now Apply to Renew Status Online. If you are in Austin and have any questions about DACA rights, reach out to the Austin DACA lawyer right away.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is known for long delays in processing times due to a backlog made worse by the COVID pandemic. However, now that the pandemic has let up and things have started to return to some new normal. The agency is also stepping up its efforts to increase efficiency and reduce the backlog. One way the agency is doing this is increased the use of technology in the application process. These changes are allowing online applications.
One of the applications that can be applied online now is renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
DACA is a policy put in place by the Obama administration to give approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as small children authorization to work and temporary protection from removal (deportation).
The law requires DACA recipients to apply for renewal of their status every two years. Which is a costly process that costs nearly $500. Until now, when the USCIS made the announcement allowing online applications for DACA renewals, the required paperwork had to be mailed to the agency. Where it would take months to get a response.
However, the option to now file online is only available for those individuals who have previously been approved for DACA. These individuals can now file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, online.
The person filing the application must also file Form I-765. Application for Employment Authorization, which is also available for online filing. The applicant must also file Form I-765 Worksheet, which is required as proof in support of the filing for DACA. This form is also available for filing online.
Filing Form I-821D and Form I-765 online requires a DACA applicant to first create a USCIS online account. This is a secure and convenient way to submit forms and pay the required application fees and track the status of anything pending with USCIS throughout the time it takes to process the application or matter.
The USCIS online application platform is available to use for free, and the only fee to be paid that applies is the same fee that you would pay if you mailed the application. This online account also offers a variety of other features. The ability to securely communicate with USCIS via an inbox and the ability to respond online are two examples.
At J. Sparks Law, PLLC, we help DACA recipients and their families in securing their immigration status and exploring other legal options they may have to obtain permanent residency or green card that could lead to their becoming citizens if they so desire.
If you are a DACA recipient and wish to explore what those options may be in your case, contact us today and schedule a consultation.