Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Recent changes in government policy have enabled certain individuals who came to the United States when they were children and who meet several key requirements to apply for deferred action. While not a form of lawful status, an individual whose case has been deferred is eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of deferred action (a renewable period of 2 years), provided he or she can demonstrate economic necessity for employment.
Pursuant to the Secretary of Homeland Security’s June 15, 2012 memorandum, in order to be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals, you must submit evidence, including support documents, showing that 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;
- 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 other equivalent State-authorized exam in the United States, or 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.
Fears Nachawati is encouraged by this significant change in our country’s immigration policy and is available to assist individuals with the deferred action application process. Contact us today for a consultation. Se habla español.