Expertise and Knowledge

At Habich Law we are well-versed in the nuances of the DACA program, understanding the specific eligibility requirements and documentation needed. We stay updated on all policy changes to provide you with the most accurate advice.

Comprehensive Support

From the initial application to renewals, we offer comprehensive support. Our services include document preparation, application review, and submission, ensuring that your application is complete and accurate, minimizing delays and rejections.

To be eligible for DACA, you must:

  1. Be under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Have arrived in the U.S. before turning 16;
  3. Lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
  4. Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and when applying for DACA;
  5. Had no lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012, and at the time of applying for DACA;
  6. Meet education or military service requirements;
  7. Have no felony convictions, certain misdemeanors, or pose a threat to national security or public safety;

Application Process

You must complete and sign the following three forms:

  1. Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
  2. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; and
  3. Form I-765W Worksheet.

On April 1, 2024, the filing fees now depend on whether you file online ($470.00) or by paper mail ($520). Submit the forms to USCIS with the filing fees and two passport-style photographs. To calculate your exact filing fees, use this fee calculator.

Renewing DACA

On May 13, 2024, USCIS announced their recommendation that all DACA recipients to submit their renewal request 150 to 120 days (four to five months) before the expiration date on the current DACA approval notice.

Filing the renewal request during this timeframe reduces the risk that your current DACA and employment authorization will expire before USCIS makes a decision on the renewal request.

Significantly, if you file more than one year after your current DACA expires, USCIS considers it an initial request and it will not be considered a renewal. At this time, recent court rulings prohibit USCIS from approving initial DACA requests.