DACA Renewal Calculator

Calculate When Would Be the Best Time to Submit Your DACA Renewal Application to USCIS

Last updated AUGUST 2016

Are you planning to apply to renew your DACA and wondering when you should send your renewal application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? The handy calculator available at the bottom of this page can help you decide.

You should apply to renew your DACA before it and your employment authorization document (EAD) expire. (Your EAD is the work permit card that was issued to you when you received DACA.) But don’t wait until the last minute! If you do, your EAD might expire and you might start accruing “unlawful presence,” which can make it hard for you to adjust to permanent legal immigration status in the future.

NORMAL PROCESSING TIMES: Apply 120 to 150 days before EAD expires

In the past we’ve said that the best time for you to submit your DACA renewal application is 120 to 150 days before the date your current DACA and EAD expire. And our DACA renewal calculator will tell you the beginning and end dates of that particular “application window.”

DELAYED PROCESSING TIMES: Apply at least 150 days before EAD expires

But because of delays in USCIS’s processing of renewal applications, we now recommend that you apply at least 150 days before your DACA’s expiration date.

And—because of possible processing delays—maybe you should even consider submitting your renewal application 180 days (6 months) before your current DACA expires. This will increase the likelihood that you will receive your renewal before your current EAD expires. But remember this: If you apply 6 months before your DACA expires, and if your application is processed with little or no delay, your renewed DACA and EAD will be issued maybe one or two months earlier than the date your current EAD expires and will be valid for only two years from that earlier renewal date.


Using our DACA renewal calculator should not take the place of getting advice from a qualified attorney or from an accredited representative of a reputable nonprofit organization that provides legal services to immigrants.

Plan ahead! It may take weeks or even months to gather all the documents and evidence you need, such as records related to any contact you’ve had with law enforcement. And it may take a while to get an appointment with a legal service provider or to find a free legal clinic that can help you with your application.

REMEMBER: The calculator below was designed for normal application processing times (see the explanation above). So in the calculator:
• the “Submit … AFTER” date is 150 days before the EAD expiration date
• the “Submit … BEFORE” date is 120 days before the EAD expiration date


Enter the expiration date of your employment authorization document (EAD).

Submit your DACA renewal application AFTER this date:

Submit your DACA renewal application BEFORE this date: