The CIS Ombudsman Reminds DACA Status Holders to Renew as Early as Possible

On May 13, 2024, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) issued a reminder that individuals who need to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should file their renewal request as early as possible.

  • USCIS recommends submitting DACA renewal requests 150 to 120 days (four to five months) before the expiration date of the current DACA approval notice (Form I-797, Notice of Action) and employment authorization document (EAD).
    • Filing a renewal request during this timeframe reduces the risk that the current DACA and employment authorization will expire before USCIS makes a decision on the renewal request. Filing earlier than 150 days before the current DACA expiration will not result in a faster decision.
  • File your renewal request online.
    • Filing online allows applicants to track their case, respond to requests for evidence electronically, and communicate with USCIS through their online account. It may also save money.
  • Make sure the request is complete. Before submitting a request:
Processing Times

Applicants should visit USCIS’ Check Case Processing Times page to check its processing times for Form I-821D and Form I-765. USCIS will not adjudicate a DACA-based Form I-765 until after it makes a decision on the Form I-821D DACA renewal request.

Applicants may request an expedite of their DACA renewal request in emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. Please see USCIS’ Immigration Relief in Emergencies or Unforeseen Circumstances page.

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Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.