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What Happens If My DACA Status Expires?

June 15, 2023 was the 11th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that allows certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. If your DACA status expires, you will lose the protections and benefits that come with it, including:

  • The ability to work legally in the United States
  • The ability to remain in the United States without fear of being removed during your deferred action period.
  • The ability to travel outside of the United States with advanced parole
  • The ability to obtain a driver’s license in many states

What Happens If You Don’t Renew Your DACA Status?

If you have DACA and your status is expiring, it is important to renew your status as soon as possible. You can renew your status up to 150 days before your current DACA expires.

–> It is also important to note that if you file for renewal more than 1 year after your DACA expiration date, your application will be considered a new application. New DACA applications are not being processed at this time.

If you are facing the expiration of your DACA status, it is important to speak with an experienced DACA immigration attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. An attorney can help you determine whether you can renew your status and assist you with the renewal process.

Here are some tips for renewing your DACA status:

  • Start the renewal process early.
  • Gather all of the required documentation.
  • Be honest and complete on your application.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Track your application status.

NEW: Online Filing for DACA Renewal Forms

If you have any questions about renewing your DACA status, please contact an immigration attorney.

Cook and DuPage County DACA Lawyer

If you have DACA status or want to apply, an experienced immigration lawyer can prevent problems before they happen, protect your rights and help you resolve your immigration problems. Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area, including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will and Lake Counties. To get started on your case, call 630-912-0322 or Contact Us to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced immigration attorneys today.

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