Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
What is Deferred Action?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as DACA, is a great option for undocumented immigrants and people living in the United States without lawful status. This allows children who entered the U.S. as a child without legal status, and through no fault of their own, legal options to live and work in the US.
Through this program a person can:
- Live in the United States legally;
- Legally accept employment;
- Get a social security card and a driver’s license; and
- The biggest benefit is that a person will not be placed in deportation proceedings.
Why was DACA Created?
This is truly a great program for those living in the shadows in the United States and is a common-sense approach to try and fix our immigration system. It allows people who have been here undocumented to live and work here without fear of being deported. It also allows the government to focus on high priority individuals who pose a risk to national security or public safety, and that resources are not expended on low priority cases.
What are the requirements to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA?
There are very specific guidelines in determining if a person meets the qualifications for DACA. To qualify, a person:
- Must have come to the United States before reaching their 16th Birthday;
- Must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;
- Must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Must have entered the country illegally, or at a place where not inspected at a border crossing, or any legal immigration status had expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Must be currently enrolled in school, or have the equivalent of a GED education, or be a discharged veteran of the Armed forces;
- Must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat; and
- Must have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for DACA.
Can I live and Stay in the United States forever through DACA?
The answer is No. DACA offers temporary relief, and allows a person to live and work here without the fear of deportation. Under DACA, a person must seek renewal prior to the expiration. While a person is in the United States, he or she should explore other options available to become a permanent resident to be allowed to live and work in the United States permanently.
At Shupe Dhawan we are familiar with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and can handle the entire application process.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you.