DHS Update: Reminder for DACA Renewals

The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) recently reminded individuals who are eligible to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and employment authorization that they may submit their renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date on their current Form I-797, Notice of Approval, and on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

While processing times can vary, filing as early as possible will minimize the possibility that the current period of DACA and employment authorization will expire before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicates the renewal request. USCIS’ published goal is to process DACA renewal and related employment authorization requests within 120 days. If the eligible individuals file after the recommended filing period (meaning less than 120 days before your current period of DACA expires), there is an increased possibility that their current period of DACA and employment authorization will expire before they receive a decision on their renewal request.

To check current USCIS case processing times, please visit the agency’s Check Case Processing Times web page. Please note that USCIS has said that in accordance with longstanding policy, there is no expedited processing for deferred action, including deferred action under DACA.

If you should have any questions or need more information about the ways in which the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please contact the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mailing us at info@visaserve.com or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x104). You can also visit our Law Firm’s website at www.visaserve.com