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Form I-821D | Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals



You can use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to request to defer your removal from the United States for a certain period of time. If you were brought to the U.S. illegally as a child, you can ask for a permission to stay in the U.S. for another two years.

NOTE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a policy in the U.S. that was introduced to allow immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to obtain the right to stay in the country and not be deported. If you want to use DACA, you must be a law-abiding immigrant. You cannot have committed a felony or another crime, because USCIS will otherwise remove you from the country.

NOTE: Deferred action is defined as a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. In simple words, if an Immigration Judge orders you to be removed from the U.S., you can exercise your right to defer your removal using Form I-821D.

USCIS specifies that you should file your Form I-821D application between 120 and 150 days before your current period of deferred action expires. If you send the form earlier, USCIS will return the form with the instruction to file it again but later. To increase your chances for extending the period of deferred action, file the form in time.

Also, do not confuse Form I-821D with Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. These two forms serve different purposes. You can follow the link to Form I-821 to know when to use this form.

Form I-821D instructions

You can only file Form I-821D if you belong to one of the following categories:

  • You arrived illegally to the U.S. as a child but were in removal proceedings.
  • You arrived illegally to the U.S. as a child but your removal proceedings were terminated.
  • You arrived illegally to the U.S. as a child and you are currently in removal proceedings.
  • You want to renew your DACA.

In all cases, you must be 15 or older to be eligible for DACA.

Also, follow all other recommendations to filling out the form for USCIS: provide all the requested information and leave a handwritten signature on the form.

Form I-821D fee

The filing fee for Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is $495. USCIS also specifies that you cannot ask for a fee waiver for Form I-821D.

Because USCIS requests that you also file Form I-765 and Form I-765W, you will have to pay for those two forms separately.

Also, USCIS may set an appointment to take your fingerprints, photographs, and signature. Therefore, you may need to prepare extra $85 to pay for the biometric services.

Form I-821D processing time

As we have mentioned earlier, USCIS specifies that Form I-821D applicants file their application in the time period between 120 and 150 days before their current DACA expires. Therefore, it usually takes USCIS up to 120 days to process your form.

Processing Form I-821D may take longer if you do not provide enough information in the form. Also note that USCIS will not process your Form I-765 if your Form I-821D was not approved.

Where to send Form I-821D

You have to mail your Form I-821D application to the following addresses (pay attention to the state where you currently reside):

Arizona or California

  • If you are going to use USPS (U.S. Postal Service) to mail the form, use the following address:

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility

USCIS

P.O. Box 20700

Phoenix, AZ 85036-0700

  • If you are going to use FedEx, DHL, or UPS to mail your form, use the following address:

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility

USCIS

Attn: DACA

1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S

Suite 100

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Wyoming.

  • If you are going to use USPS (U.S. Postal Service) to mail the form, use the following address:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility

USCIS

P.O. Box 660045

Dallas, TX 75266-0045

  • If you are going to use FedEx, DHL, or UPS to mail your form, use the following address:

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility

USCIS

ATTN: DACA

2501 S. State Hwy.121, Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, or West Virginia.

  • If you are going to use USPS (U.S. Postal Service) to mail the form, use the following address:

USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility

USCIS

P.O. Box 5757

Chicago, IL 60680-5757

  • If you are going to use FedEx, DHL, or UPS to mail your form, use the following address:

USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility

USCIS

Attn: DACA

131 S. Dearborn – 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
   
I live in ...By regular mailFor FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries
Arizona, CaliforniaUSCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility USCIS P.O. Box 20700 Phoenix, AZ 85036-0700USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility USCIS Attn: DACA 1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S Suite 100 Phoenix, AZ 85034

Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Guam,
Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana,
North Dakota, Nebraska,
New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands,
or Wyoming.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility USCIS P.O. Box 660045 Dallas, TX 75266-0045USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility USCIS ATTN: DACA 2501 S. State Hwy.121, Business Suite 400 Lewisville, TX 75067

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware,
District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine,
Michigan, Nevada,
North Carolina,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Washington,
Wisconsin, or West Virginia.

USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility USCIS P.O. Box 5757 Chicago, IL 60680-5757USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility USCIS Attn: DACA 131 S. Dearborn – 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Form I-821D PDF

You can download a free copy of Form I-821D directly from our website.

Download form I-821D

October 7, 2019



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Do I need to attach any supporting documents to the form?

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Hello, just want to clarify when submitting the form i-821d do I need to attach any additional documents to it?

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