Options to Apply for DACA Renewal
Figure out if you need to see a lawyer and choose how you want to apply:
Is it time for you to submit your DACA renewal application? Then you are in the right place! Do you know all your options to apply? Do you need a lawyer? Can you apply on your own? What the best option for you and how can you find out?
Your DACA team at United We Dream is here to help figure that out and connect you to what you need to apply! See below for an overview of all your options. Go over everything and make the most informed decision for you and your situation. Remember- this is your DACA and your case – the choice is yours, own it!
First, you need to determine if you’re in one of the 4 groups of people who really need (or we recommend) get legal help BEFORE applying for DACA renewal. So before you read on, answer these questions:
- Do you have an open case now in immigration court?
- Have you had any kind of trouble or contact with the police since you got DACA?
- Were you granted DACA by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? (is your DACA expiration date before Aug 15, 2014?)
- Have you left the country after you received DACA without receiving permission from the government (like “advance parole”) before you left.
If you answered YES to any of these questions we highly recommend that you do NOT complete your renewal application without seeking legal help. Click here for our directory of low cost legal service providers as well as private attorneys.
If you answered NO, you may have more options open to you. Decide how you will apply and weigh your options.
DACA Renewal Plan – Submitting your Renewal Application:
Get Legal Help:
Are you required to seek legal help? Not necessarily, it is not required that you have legal representation. Like most things in life, it’s a choice and the choice is up to you. (Unless of course, if you are in any of the situations listed above, then we highly recommend you definitely seek legal help.) It depends on your specific DACA situation, your case, and your comfort level with the process and the application.
If you choose to get legal help for your DACA renewal, where can you go to find it?
Its important to be careful about what kind of legal help you get, remember, the wrong legal help can hurt! Beware of notarios, fraud, and scams, click here for some guidance on what to watch out for.
Below are some good options to start your search for legal help:
- Non-Profit Legal Service Organizations:
- These organizations have attorneys and officially accredited staff and typically help people at low or no cost.
- To find a legal service provider near you, visit the Own the Dream Legal Help page.
- Licenced Private Immigration Attorney:
- These are individuals with a license to practice law in your state.
- Notarios are NOT qualified to practice immigration law. Don’t be fooled.
- You do not need to go back to the same attorney who did your first DACA application. You can get a new one, keep the same one or none at all. Again, the choice is yours.
- Looking for an attorney in your area? Some good places to start your search are:
- National Immigration Project’s Lawyer Referral Directory. This group is a national network of immigration attorneys committed to advocating for civil rights and social justice.
- AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search. This group is the national professional association of immigration attorneys.
Attend an Own the Dream Campaign Clinic:
- Our Own the Dream DACA teams and other groups have free legal clinics all around the country organized by Dreamers like you! By coming to our free clinics you will receive help preparing your application from immigration attorneys.
- Find a clinic near you! Check out our coming events here.
Applying on Your Own:
- It is possible to complete and submit your DACA renewal application on your own. But WARNING! You do so at your own risk! Whether you choose to do this is up to you and it depends on your comfort level with the process and the application. Choose what feels right to you.
- You will need to fill out the same 3 forms you did the first time (Form I-821D, Form I-765, Form I-765W Worksheet)
- United we Dream and our partner the Immigrant Advocates Network, has created a FREE online tool to help DACA applicants fill out and complete the DACA renewal applications. If you choose to apply on your own, you can use this tool to help guide you through the forms and proccess of filling out the application.
- Use our new Online Tool and get step-by-step guidance:
- Own the Dream and our partners have launched an online FREE, interactive “Online DACA Eligibility Screening and Application” Tool to help you complete your DACA renewal application!
- The online tool will guide you as you complete all 3 DACA forms online with step-by-step online instructions. At the end you will get a PDF you can print out and mail.
- Fill out your DACA renewal application online with the guidance of Own the Dream’s top legal DACA experts.
- Click here to to get all the information you need on how to use this online tool. http://uwedream.wpengine.com/live-webcast-renewing-daca-complete-daca-application-online-free/
- OR you can also apply on your own using regular paper forms. You can download the forms from the USCIS website:
- To find the forms, go to the USCIS website and follow the instructions VERY carefully.
- What does a final application packet look like? What goes in an application packet:
- A cover letter (recommended)
- A check or money order for the $495 application fee
- 2 passport-style photos
- The DACA Form (I-821D)
- Work permit forms (I-765 and I-765WS)
- Evidence of your employment authorization approval (copy of the front and back of your work permit or a copy of your approval letter)
- Any supporting evidence if needed. Check out our “Evidence factsheet” for more information on the documents you may need to submit.
- Where do you mail it?
- The address that you send your application to depends on what state you live. Take a look at the chart in this link to find the address you should mail to: http://www.uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses