Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was enacted by President Obama to help hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants throughout the country to stay in this country legally. Not everyone is eligible to take advantage of this new program and it is NOT a path to permanent residency. However, it DOES allow you to stay and legally work in the U.S. until such time as you can take further steps to gain legal residency.
What are the requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals D.A.C.A.?
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
What are the Benefits of DACA?
For countless undocumented workers who arrived in the United States as children, finding odd jobs or getting a proper education can be nearly impossible. DACA will:
- Protect you from deportation or removal from the country;
- Grant you the ability to obtain a job and driver’s license legally; and
- DACA is renewable every 2 years
If you have a complicated case or are uncertain if you meet all the criteria listed above, our staff can help determine if you qualify. We make sure that your paperwork is filed quickly and correctly to avoid delays in the process. Remember, there is no appeals process for DACA, so it is vital to seek help from an experienced immigration attorney who can settle any issues effectively and get it right the first time.