Renewing Your DACA Status
Should you be granted DACA status, you will be granted a work permit that will be valid for 2 years. During this time, you are protected from all deportation efforts or removal proceedings.
You will need to continuously renew your DACA status every 2 years in order for it to remain valid. In most situations, renewals are fairly straightforward. You should submit the renewal request between 150 and 120 days before your status is set to expire.
In order to successfully renew your DACA status, you must meet the following requirements:
- You have not been convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or any combination of three or more misdemeanors
- You do not represent any threat to national security or public safety
- You did not exit the United States without travel authorization
- You have continuously lived in the United States since your previous DACA request
Correctly timing your DACA renewal request is essential to maintaining your status without interruption. Our team can work with you to ensure the necessary documentation is submitted on-time and address any obstacles or conflicts that may arise.
The Current Status and Future of the DACA Program
The DACA program is built on an executive order, not formal legislation passed by Congress. This makes it more vulnerable to shifting political priorities and legal challenges. The Trump administration attempted to outright dismantle the program in 2017, resulting in freezes to new applications, shorter validity periods, and stalled renewals. This effort was ultimately stopped by the Supreme Court, and decisions in other legal cases resulted in the restoration of program operations.
It is important to understand that the DACA program will likely continue to face challenges that have the potential to halt operations or reduce benefits and protections. President Joe Biden has declared his support for DACA, and as of now, new applications and renewals continue to be accepted. However, there continues to be no means for DACA beneficiaries to pursue permanent status. Only legislation passed through Congress will be able to provide permanent protection for DACA beneficiaries.
Our Orlando DACA lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL are committed to helping you remain in the United States. We are passionate about supporting DACA beneficiaries and will do everything possible to protect your status, no matter what new changes the program experiences.