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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a policy that allows non-citizens to lawfully stay in the United States if they were brought to the United States as children. Since its inception in 2012, the government has granted DACA to nearly 600,000 undocumented immigrants.
"Effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or entered into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal."
What Can DACA Status Provide?
Certain undocumented people who came to the United States as children, and who meet certain guidelines, may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) for a period of two years. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Individuals who are granted DACA can apply for an employment authorization document (work permit) and are considered to be lawfully present in the United States. DACA can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings.
Applying for DACA can be a complicated process so it is important to have an experienced immigration lawyer by your side. Certain criminal convictions can disqualify you from seeking DACA. Since the lawyers at Ross & Pines also handle criminal cases, you can count on us to keep your record clean and keep you on the path of legally staying and working in the United States through DACA. If you received bad advice from another lawyer and already have a criminal conviction, we can help get that conviction vacated or clarified so that it does not impact your DACA eligibility. We know what needs to be done and we can help you.
What Is A Work Permit?
A work permit is a document issued by the federal government that gives permission for the cardholder to legally work, apply for a valid Social Security number, and in the case of a DACA recipient, makes him or her eligible to obtain a driver's license.
Do You Qualify For DACA?
The Department of Homeland Security has created an online FAQ resource on DACA and has outlined the following requirements to qualify for DACA.
You may request DACA if you:
- 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
- Had no lawful status on 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
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Speak to an Attorney from Ross & Pines Today!
If you believe you or someone you care about may be able to benefit from DACA, contact us today to schedule a consultation. If English is not your native language, our immigration staff, including our immigration attorneys, Carlos Solomiany and Emily Davis, are fluent in Spanish.
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