Print and sign your forms
- We prepared your DACA application with (1) Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (2) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, (3) Form I-765WS, Worksheet for Form I-765, and (4) Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance. If you requested to pay your filing fees by credit card, we also included form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. You should print and sign all of these forms.
- If you told us that you wanted to pay your filing fees with a credit card, you'll find Form G-1450 attached to your packet. For your safety and security, we did not ask you for your card information. You'll need to add your card details to Form G-1450, and sign it, before you file your forms.
- If you have a social security number, please add it to pg. 2 of Form I-821D, and pg. 2 of Form I-765.
- We've sent you these forms in an editable PDF. If you need to make minor changes, feel free to do so!
- Read our simple signature instructions on this link before you sign to know how to properly sign your forms.
- If you want to read more about USCIS's signature guidelines check out this link (click here).
Collect Supporting Documents
Along with the signed forms, you must make copies of documents that:
- Prove your identity
- Prove that you came to the United States before your 16th birthday
- Prove that you have been living in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Prove that you were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Prove that you have an expired immigration status (only if you have one)
- Prove that you are currently a student (only if you are one)
- Prove that you are a U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces veteran who was honorably discharged (only if you are one)
For more information about these required documents, read this article.
Prepare the Government Filing Fee
- Write a check or money order for $495 made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” This amount covers both the $410 work authorization fee for Form I-765 and an $85 biometrics fee. If you’d rather pay this amount by credit card and didn't tell us earlier, fill out Form G-1450 and add it to your packet. If you need help to pay the filing fee, here is a great article with resources that may help (click here).
- The filing fees change from time to time, we try to keep these updated. [(Click here)](https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d#:~:text=%24495.,%24495%2C and cannot be waived.) to check the most recent USCIS filing fees.
Get two passport photos
- You need to include two recent passport photos with your application. Most drugstores with photo services will provide passport photos.
- Write your full name and A# on the back of each photograph in a dark pencil or pen that will not bleed through. Here is a link (click here) with more information on what an A# is. If you don't have an A#, don't worry! Write your date of birth instead.
Prepare a cover letter
- You should make a cover letter like this (click here) that lists everything that you are sending with your application. A cover letter makes it easier for USCIS to review your application.
Make copies of your packet
- Make copies of everything in your application packet, including your check or money order.
- Do not send originals of your supporting documents to USCIS as you may not get them back.
Mail the entire packet to USCIS
- ImmigrationHelp.org is not representing you as a lawyer; you are filing your application on your own. So when you’re ready to file, you should put your completed forms, filing fee, passport photos, and copies of your supporting documents into a manila envelope and mail it to the USCIS address required on this page (click here).
- It can take at least 5-10.5 months for your application to be approved. You can check current processing times by clicking this link (click here).
- If your address changes after you file but before your case is approved, you need to change your address (click here) with USCIS. Failing to update your address may cause delays in your case or denial of your application.
- If you'd like to support our mission to help more immigrants like you, you can make a tax-deductible donation (click here). Your support makes our work possible!
- Let us know when you file! The best way to do this is by clicking the "I filed" button in the emails we will be sending you over the next few weeks.
For more information, consult our detailed filing guide for DACA applications (click here).