The USCIS announced the process for renewals of those young people who had applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Renewals will be permitted for an additional two years. The first applicant’s work authorizations will begin to expire in the fall of 2014. Renewal requests are being accepted right now and they are expected to take about five months.
DHS is still accepting new DACA requests from qualified individuals. To be eligible you must have entered the US prior to your 16th birthday and have resided in the US since June 15, 2007. You also had to have been in the US without status on June 15, 2012, and on that date been younger than 31. Serious convictions and multiple convictions may disqualify you.
The Head of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has reiterated that children who crossed the border should be treated differently from adult foreign national. As a result the renewal of DACA status and reissuance of work authorization is warranted. Secretary Johnson noted that comprehensive immigration reform is still needed.
DACA renewals applicants must continue to meet certain criteria, principally continuous residence in the United States and no departure without an advanced parole. Again, criminal convictions may impact the viability of the application.