The DACA process from start to finish
DHS has predicted that it will take them several months to process a Deferred Action application and come to a final decision. Here is a summary of the entire filing and decision process.
- Applicant files form I-821D (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) and form I-765WS (worksheet establishing economic need for employment). Included with the forms is the $465 filing fee and concrete evidence that all of the Deferred Action criteria have been met.
- USCIS reviews your application for completeness, including the fee, forms and supporting documents.
- If your request is complete, USCIS sends you a receipt notice. Otherwise, you will receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) specifying what information is still needed so that your application can be processed. If you receive an RFE, it is critical that you respond within the specified timeframe or your application will be denied. If you filed your application on your own, you may want to consult an immigration attorney for assistance on your RFE. Please note that USCIS could issue an RFE at any time while considering your case.
- Once you receive your receipt notice, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. At the biometrics appointment, your fingerprints and photo will be taken. If you do not appear at the time and place requested, your application may be delayed or even denied.
- USCIS conducts a background check against a variety of databases maintained by DHS and other government agencies.
- In most cases, the next step is a notice of approval or denial. However, in a few cases, USCIS may call the applicant for an interview before making a final decision.
- If approved, your EAD (Employment Authorization Document) will be sent to you in the mail.
- You may take your EAD to a Social Security office in your local area to request a social security number. If your state allows it, you may take your EAD and other
- required documents to your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for a driver’s license.
- You are authorized to work legally for two years through the date shown on your EAD.