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Navigating the immigration process can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding the processing time for various forms and applications. One such form is the I-821D, which is used for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This blog will provide an overview of I-821D, discuss various factors that affect its processing time, and offer some tips on how to potentially expedite your application.

What is I-821D?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a policy that grants temporary protection from deportation and work authorization to eligible undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children. To apply for DACA, applicants must submit Form I-821D – Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The purpose of this form is to demonstrate eligibility for DACA by providing necessary information and documentation about one’s identity, education or military service, continuous residence in the U.S., and other relevant criteria.

Factors Affecting I-821D Processing Time

There are several factors that can influence how long it takes USCIS to process your I-821D application:

1. Workload at USCIS service centers: The volume of applications submitted and staffing capacity at USCIS service centers play a significant role in determining processing times. High demand periods or staff shortages may result in longer wait times.

2. Completeness and accuracy of your application: Ensuring that you have provided all required documents and information can help avoid unnecessary delays due to requests for additional evidence or clarification.

3. Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID): If USCIS requires additional information or documentation from you, they will issue a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny. Responding promptly and correctly to these notices is essential in preventing further delays in processing time.

Current I-821D Processing Times

Processing times for I-821D applications may vary depending on the factors mentioned above. It is important to regularly check the USCIS website for updates, as processing times can fluctuate over time.

Here is the processing time from USCIS website:

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
RenewalNebraska Service Center3 Months
RenewalVermont Service CenterSeenotes
Request for Deferred ActionCalifornia Service CenterSeenotes
Request for Deferred ActionVermont Service CenterSeenotes


Consistent with the July 16, 2021, order from the Southern District of Texas that prohibits DHS from granting initial DACA requests, USCIS has suspended calculations of processing times for initial DACA requests.

Tips for Reducing Your I-821D Processing Time

Here are some tips that can help ensure a smoother application process and potentially reduce your processing time:

1. Ensure a complete and accurate application: Double-check submission requirements and provide all necessary documents and information. If you need assistance, consider consulting with an immigration attorney or accredited representative.

2. Stay informed about your case status: Create an online USCIS account to receive updates on your case status and respond promptly to any requests for additional information or documentation.

What to Do if Your I-821D Is Taking Longer Than Expected?

If you believe that your I-821D application is taking longer than it should, try contacting the USCIS customer service center or submitting a case inquiry through their website. In some cases, requesting assistance from your local congressional office may also help expedite the process.


Understanding the factors that affect I-821D processing times is essential in ensuring a smooth DACA application process. While some delays may be unavoidable, staying informed and prepared can help ease some of the stress associated with navigating this complex system. Patience, diligence, and persistence are key components in successfully obtaining DACA protections.

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