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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal policy directive that could benefit an estimated 1.76 million young immigrants known as "DREAMers."  It is the first significant immigration policy development since 1986, when nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants were able to obtain legal status in the United States.

Beginning August 15, 2012, DACA provides "deferred action," or relief from, deportation for a 2-year period (subject to renewal) and allows beneficiaries to apply for work authorization.

Although this program does not offer a path to legal status or citizenship in the United States, it provides significant tangible opportunities for young immigrants to participate more fully in our society and economy and obtain jobs.  It is also seen by many as a pivotal step toward broader reform measures in the future aimed to address problems within the US immigration system.

You may be eligible to apply for deferred action relief if:

~ You are undocumented;

~ You arrived in the United States before age 16;

~ You were below age 31 on June 15, 2012;

~ You lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007 to present;

~ You were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012; and

~ You are present in the U.S. when request for DACA is submitted to US Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS");

~ You graduated from high school, received a GED, or are currently enrolled in school or GED program, or honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or US Coast Guard;

~ You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or 3 or more other misdemeanors that took place on different dates or arose out of different acts, omissions, or schemes of misconduct; and

~ You are not a threat to national security or public safety; and

~ You entered the United States without inspection or your lawful immigration status expired on or before June 15, 2012.

Current USCIS fees for biometrics and work-authorization are $465. Limited exemptions from USCIS fees may be available to you.

DACA benefits may help you expand your educational and job opportunities in the United States.  Careful evaluation of your immigration situation is necessary by a qualified immigration attorney before you file for deferred action.

Contact our office today for more information or to receive low-income assistance with your deferred action application to USCIS.  We will always be more than happy to help you!

Posted by ★ Owner on October 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM 5748 Views