Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Photo Requirements

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that individuals requesting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), must remember to submit two passport-style photographs along with their applications. This applies to both deferred action renewals and initial requests.

Photos they submit must

  • be in color and taken within 30 days before filing their requests.
  • be printed on thin paper with a glossy finish.
  • have a white to off-white background.
  • be 2” by 2”.
  • be unmounted and unretouched.

Their head height in the photos must measure 1” to 1 3/8” from top to bottom of chin. Their heads must be bare. However, those who belong to religions that require them to wear headwear will be allowed to submit photos with headwear.

Applicants must see to it that they are filing completely filled and signed applications. They must not file photocopies of completed applications; such applications will be rejected.

Applicants of both initial and renewal requests must remember to pay the appropriate filing fee. All the applicants must submit biometrics and must pay the required fee for biometrics services. They cannot request USCIS to waive the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, filing fee or the biometrics services fee. A total filing fee of $465, that includes the I-765 application filing fee and the biometrics fee, must be sent along with their applications. However, USCIS will make available fee exemptions in very limited circumstances.

Once USCIS receives the applications, applicants will be informed in writing about their biometrics appointments. The USCIS notice will include the date on which they will need to go to their local USCIS Application Support Centers (ASC) to submit biometrics information. Their applications are likely to be denied if they fail to attend this appointment.

Individuals will need to file their applications at a USCIS Lockbox facility. They cannot e-file their requests. If they wish to receive e-notifications when their applications are accepted, they must file Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, along with their applications packages.