USCIS began accepting renewal requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  All applications for DACA, whether initial or renewals, must be submitted on the revised Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), dated June 4, 2014.  USCIS will reject and return all DACA requests using previous versions of Form I-821D.  The last day to use previously accepted versions was June 5, 2014.  http://www.uscis.gov/news/secretary-johnson-announces-process-daca-renewal.

DACA is a discretionary program to defer removal action against an individual.  Individuals in DACA will be able to remain in the United States and apply for employment authorization for a period of two years.  Individuals who have not requested DACA previously, but meet the criteria established, may also request deferral for the first time.   Individuals who have not continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, are not eligible for DACA.

Individuals may request DACA renewal if they continue to meet the initial criteria and these additional guidelines:

– Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
– Have continuously resided in the United States since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved; and
– Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.