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USCIS Announces New Online Filing Procedures for DACA Renewals

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that individuals who have previously applied for and received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are now able to file their Form I-821D online. Form I-821D is known as the “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” form. 

Currently, this new filing online option is only available to those individuals who have previously been granted DACA, not new applicants. New applicants must also file Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) and the Form I-765 Worksheet which are required as evidence in support of filing for DACA. 

During the fiscal year of 2021 (FY 2021), USCIS received more than 8.8 million requests for all different types of immigration benefits and statuses. Of that 8.8 million, there were 438,950 I-821D DACA requests. With the expansion of most form types to be able to be filed online, USCIS is expecting even more applications to continue to stream in over the years.

In accordance with a court order issued in State of Texas, et al., v. United States of America, et al., 1:18-CV-00068 (S.D. Tex. July 16, 2021), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to accept filings of initial and renewal DACA applications. However, as a result of this court case, DHS is prohibited from granting initial DACA requests.

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