In June 2015, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that some people who came to the United States as children and who met certain guidelines could apply for DACA (Deferred Action Consideration) for a period of two years, subject to renewal. These people would also be eligible for work permits. DACA is a public prosecution action that aims to postpone the removal action against an individual who has come to the country as a child illegally. It is important to remember that DACA does not provide legal status.
Guidelines for DACA:
Requests for DACA can be made if:
1. The person was under 31 on June 15, 2012.
2. Came to the United States before turning 16.
3. Has resided continuously in the USA since June 15, 2007 until now.
4. The person was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of applying for his DACA with the USCIS.
5. They had no legal status on June 15, 2012.
6. Is currently in school, have graduated or obtained a high school graduation certificate, a general education development certificate (GED), or is a veteran discharged in honor of the US Coast Guard or Armed Forces;
7. Not having been convicted of a crime, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors and not a threat to national or public security.
Applying for DACA may not be one of the easiest tasks as the guidelines have changed over the years and you may need to rely on expert help to make sure that you will be able to access the benefit. Our office can help you with everything you need. We have a team with experience and qualification in immigration law. If you or someone in your family wants to apply or are having problems with DACA, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you.