Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is a form of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action (deportation) against an individual for a certain period of time. On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request DACA for a period of two years, subject to renewal. These qualifying individuals are also eligible for work authorization, which is valid for a period of two years and subject to renewal as well, and a Social Security number. DACA does not provide a lawful status in the U.S. However, it provides protection from deportation from the U.S. and the authority to work.
Who does DACA apply to?
You are eligible to file under 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 U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the U.S. 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 GED certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the US; and
- 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.
Our DACA lawyer in Orlando can help determine whether you qualify for DACA. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to reach out to our firm. If you don’t qualify for DACA, you may be able to pursue a different form of relief or protection against deportation.