Almost 2 years will have passed since DACA/Deferred Action/Dream Act was enacted, allowing millions who qualify to apply for immigration relief. For all Deferred Action recipients, the renewal petition is finally released. It is important to note that USCIS requires the new form for the renewal request. (Unless you are one of the few recipients of DACA through ICE between 6/15/12 – 8/15/12 – then read here).
Also keep in mind in addition to the usual Deferred Action requirements, the applicant must also not have left the US on or after 8/15/12 without advance parole; continuously live in the US since the approval date; and not have committed a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety (an important thing to know is DUI can affect Deferred Action). You need to submit new documents pertaining to removal proceedings or criminal history that you have not already submitted to USCIS. Thus, this can save you from the paperwork of re-proving each element of your DACA eligibility (but as a general rule, save all your evidence for your own records!).
Applications are released, and filing fees add up to $465. Submit your renewal application 4 months before your current DACA expires (the date your work permit expires). Don’t be too eager to file your renewal too early. USCIS has stated that they anticipate reviewing the renewal within that 4 month period, so again, they stress don’t file earlier than the 4 months.