Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has focused its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety. These include individuals convicted of crimes with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders. As a result, DHS is focusing less on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children.
Individuals who meet the guidelines below can ask for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for permission to work. Those who receive deferred action will not be removed from the United States.
Please note that deferred action is not a path to permanent residence or citizenship.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if 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 are 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.
If you think you are eligible for deferred action, contact our offices and to schedule a low-cost consultation.