DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Do I qualify for DACA?

DACA is an executive order issued by President Barrack Obama that allows protection from deportation to individuals who entered the U.S. when they were minors. It also grants employment authorization. This order has benefited over 800,000 young immigrants. On September 5, 2017, the current administration decided to cancel DACA and it gave an expiration date of March 2018. However, a Federal Court judge issued an injunction to the end of DACA, meaning that individuals can still file their renewals; but no more new applications.

What are the requirements for DACA?

At this time, we cannot file new applications for DACA; but we can definitely help you renew your DACA before it’s expired. The requirements are the same as before:

  1. You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  2. You entered the United States prior to your 16th birthday.
  3. You have resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, and currently are present in the U.S.
  4. You were in the United States on June 15, 2012, and must be physically in the U.S. at the time of filing your application.
  5. You entered the United States without inspection or your status expired prior to June 15, 2012.
  6. You must be currently in school, have graduated, or obtained an equivalent certificate of completion from high school, successfully obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, and
  7. You must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

When can I file my DACA renewal?

You can file now. Give us a call to help you prepare your forms. The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the DACA ruling to allow the current administration to end DACA. It is best if you file your renewal before DACA ends up losing in court. Give us a call! (909) 538 8320.