DACA / Renewals
In 2018, USCSIS estimated that there were 699,350 DACA recipients still eligible for renewal in the United States, with approximately 15,000 DACA recipients living in Tennessee alone. If you are a current DACA recipient, you will need to renew your application every two years when you work permit is set to expire. Failure to renew your DACA application could have dire consequences for you and your family. You may renew if you:
- Did not depart the United States without advance parole
- Have continuously resided since you submitted your most recent approved DACA request; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors and you do not pose a threat to national security.
Making sure that you renew on time is essential to maintaining DACA. You should start your application within 120 days, or four months, before your current work authorization expires. If you are applying late or you have been arrested, charged, convicted, or detained for any criminal activity since your last approved DACA request, you should call your attorney to ask how this might affect your ability to renew DACA. Some criminal charges, including felonies, drug crimes, and more than one misdemeanor conviction can have a substantial effect on your eligibility to apply for renewal of DACA.