Once a DACA renewal application is submitted, applicants enter a phase of waiting and responding to any requirements from USCIS. The following are steps and what one should expect:
After submitting the DACA renewal application, the applicant will receive a Receipt Notice from USCIS. This notice confirms that USCIS has received the application and provides a tracking number, known as a receipt number. Applicants should carefully store this notice as it is crucial for tracking the application’s progress.
As part of the renewal process, USCIS will schedule a Biometrics Appointment for the applicant. This appointment is for collecting fingerprints, a photograph, and a signature. The date, time, and location will be mailed to the applicant in the form of an appointment notice. It is important for applicants to attend this appointment or reschedule in advance if necessary.
Request for Evidence
In some cases, USCIS may require more information or documents to process the renewal application. If this happens, they will send a Request for Evidence (RFE). Applicants will have a specified time frame to respond. Missing the deadline can result in a delay or denial of the application, so prompt attention to an RFE is vital.
Approval and Receipt of EAD
Upon successful review and approval of the DACA renewal application, the applicant will receive an Approval Notice. Subsequently, the updated Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which serves as a work permit, will be mailed to the applicant. The EAD is typically valid for two years from the date of issuance.