Now as we near the two-year anniversary of the implementation of the DACA program, USCIS has released a draft application form and instructions for renewing DACA benefits. If you have already been granted DACA and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you will be able to submit a renewal request beginning 120 days before the date your benefits expire.
In addition to the original eligibility requirements, USCIS has published three additional requirements for those seeking renewal. First, applicants must not have departed the United States on or after August 15, 2012, without first having been granted advance parole. Second, applicants must have resided continuously in the United States from the time of their initial request for DACA until the present time. Third, applicants must prove that they continue meeting the education requirement.
DACA request renewals will be made on the same forms, Form I-821D, Form I-765 and Form I-765W. Additionally, the fees will be the same as those submitted initially: $465.00. This total includes the $380 application fee for Form I-765 and the $85 fee for biometrics.
If your education status has changed or if you have been involved in any incidents with law enforcement in the past two years, you should consult with an immigration attorney before submitting a DACA renewal request. Lastly, please be aware that you currently cannot access the actual form and instructions from the USCIS website. USCIS has not yet announced when they will publish final versions of the forms and instructions. We will update our blog when that information is available.
 USCIS, Number of I-821D, Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by Fiscal Year, Quarter, Intake, Biometrics and Case Status: 2012-2014 First Quarter, published 2/6/2014.