USCIS will begin accepting deferred action immigration applications for children (DACA) who arrived in the US before their 16th birthday using the new, expanded requirements on February 18, 2015. This program provides temporary relief from deportation. It allows those whose applications are granted to apply for permission to work legally in the US.
Requirements for Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Arrived in US before 16th birthday
- Continuously lived in US from June 1, 2010 to present
- Physically present in US on June 15, 2012
- Entered US without inspection (sometimes called illegally) before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status ended on or before June 15, 2012.
- Applicant must be age 15 or older
- Education Requirements: Currently in School, or graduated from high school, or GED, or honorably discharged from military
- No convictions for felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and not a threat to national security or public safety
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