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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a federal program created in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors from deportation proceedings. DACA allows eligible applicants to defer removal for two years.
To be considered for DACA, you must meet the following requirements:
Entered the U.S. before your 16th birthday;
Be present in U.S. at the time of application ;
Resided continuously since June 15, 2012;
Were under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
Be present in U.S. on June 15, 2012;
Entered without inspection or be without lawful status on June 15, 2012;
Be in school, have a high school diploma or GED, or honorable discharge veteran of Armed Forces of United States; and
Have no felony convictions, significant misdemeanors, or be a threat to national security.
Once an application is approved, a work permit is granted and the applicant is eligible to request Advance Parole. Advance Parole allows the applicant to leave the United States and re-enter legally.
The program does not lead to permanent residency and will not be granted to those with certain criminal offenses. A denial of a DACA application may place the applicant in deportation proceedings. It is highly recommended to seek legal counsel before applying to avoid the risk of removal.
However, the immigration laws regarding DACA are rapidly changing. Please contact us to schedule a consultation to help you navigate through the rules and requirement. We can help you with your DACA case.