Tip 1 | Are You Eligible?
We recommend you consult with an immigration attorney to confirm your eligibility, especially if you have had any previous contact with police and/or immigration officials. You do not want to get caught off guard when it comes to sending in your application and finding out later that you were not eligible, a wrongly filed application could really jeopardize you situation. Someone who is NOT eligible who applies for DACA could actually be placed into deportation proceedings.
There is an easy fix to this problem; schedule an appointment with RAICES and we'll offer you a free screening.
Tip 2 | Renew Your DACA 4 Months PRIOR to it Expiring
Don't wait until the last minute; we suggest you renew your DACA at least 4 months prior to your current documents expiring (work-permit). You do not want to be on the late end of renewing your documents; many employers require you to provide them with an updated work-permit and it will take time for your application to process.
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Tip 3 | Organize. Organize. Organize!
This tip comes directly from our DACA coordinator; to make everyone’s life easier please organize your documents when dropping off your application. It makes processing your application much faster when we do not have to sort through all of our personal documents to distinguish a school record from a doctor’s note. Ideally you should organize your documents in chronological order, from the oldest to the newest, with extra credit if you have each year clearly labeled.
Tip 4 | Don't Jeopardize Your DACA Application
Do not travel outside of the U.S. while your application for DACA is pending. You should definitely consult with a lawyer about your application if you have traveled outside of the U.S., however the easiest way to avoid any issues is to make sure you do not travel outside of the U.S. unless you have applied, and been approved for Advance Parole.