Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Application Filing Tips

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Application Filing TipsThere are few different steps in the filing process of  requests for Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Three different forms must be filed along with the fees and supporting documents. Applicants need to complete their forms carefully and avoid mistakes. Mistakes can delay or even result in the rejection of their applications.

Following are the three forms that must be submitted by the undocumented youth who seek to receive deferred action status. These forms must be mailed together in one package.

a.    Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
b.    Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
c.    Form I-765WS, Worksheet

These forms come with form filing instructions to help applicants complete their applications correctly. The address to which the application package must be sent can be found in the form instructions page. Guidelines on this page will help the applicants to successfully file their DACA requests.

DACA applicants will need to review the age guidelines prior to completing their forms. They cannot file DACA requests if they are below age 15 or above 31. They must write their name and their date of birth in the same format on all the forms they are submitting. Form I-821D and Form I-765 must be filled out completely and signed.

Deferred action applicants cannot e-file Form I-765. The three forms, Form I-821D, Form I-765 and Form I-765WS must be completed and mailed to the right USCIS Lockbox. DACA applicants must either pay the right application fee at the time of filing their applications or submit fee waiver requests. However, fee exemptions will not be granted to everyone but only in certain circumstances.

Applicants will need to fill all the form fields and write “none” if a question is not applicable to them. The form instructions page will include the list of documents that they must submit along with their application. Copies of all those documents must be submitted to help USCIS decide on their requests.

People seeking to receive this temporary status, can complete Form I-821D for deferred action and Form I-765 for Employment Authorization Documents, online. Once they complete their forms, they can print and file their forms with the supporting documents and the fees. After they complete their forms and print them, they need to review their applications once or twice before filing them with USCIS, to ensure that there are no errors.