UNDERSTANDING DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal program designed to provide relief from deportation or removal for certain young undocumented individuals who entered the United States as minors. For those young undocumented immigrants who are eligible, DACA provides (i) a two-year protection from deportation or removal, and (ii) two-years of employment authorization (work permit). However, it is important to understand that DACA does not grant anyone visa status and it is not a permanent benefit. Rather, receipt of the program’s benefits is subject to renewal after two-years.
ARE YOU ELIGIBILE FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)?
You may request consideration for deferred action if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- First came to the United States prior to your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously lived in the United States from June 15, 2007, until present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time you apply;
- Entered the United States without documents and/or inspection prior to June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Currently attending or graduated high school, or earned a certificate for general education development (GED), or are a veteran of the US Coast guard or Armed Forces upon an honorable discharge;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors of any nature; and
- Otherwise do not pose a threat to the safety of the public or security of the United States.
HOW DO I BENEFIT FROM DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)?
If you are granted deferred action, you will be able to legally work in United States, obtain a Social Security number, and possibly a state’s driver’s license and ID. You can also apply for advance parole, which will allow you to travel abroad for reasons related to your work or to humanitarian purposes. While DACA may not be a long-term solution, the program offers significant benefits that are certainly worth exploring.
Our office is available to answer any questions that you may have regarding applying for or renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).