I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Use this form to request that we consider granting or renewing deferred action on a case-by-case basis using guidelines described in the Secretary of Homeland Security's memorandum issued June 15, 2012 (PDF). Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a specified period of time, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chooses to terminate the deferral. Individuals filing Form I-821D must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS, Form I-765 Worksheet.

Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. See Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction for more information.

Number of Pages

Form 7; instructions 14.

Edition Date

04/24/19. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

Where you file depends on your state of residence; check our Filing Addresses for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for the correct mailing address.

Filing Tips for Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject your form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About You
    • Initial Request or Renewal Request
    • Expiration date of most recent period of DACA (renewals only)
    • Family Name
    • U.S. Mailing Address
    • Alien Registration Number (renewals only)
    • Date of Birth
  • Part 4 – Criminal, National Security, and Public Safety Information (for initial and renewal requests)
    • Questions 1 – 7 must be marked “Yes” or “No”

We recommend reading our Lockbox filing tips.

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

The fee to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, including employment authorization and biometric services, is $495, and cannot be waived. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

Special Instructions

To receive an e-Notification when we receive your form, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the front of your Form I-821D.

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