Requirements for DACA
Although the expanded DACA Program has been delayed, there is currently a program in place for those who meet the following requirements:
- Under Age 31 on June 15, 2012
- Arrived in US before 16th Birthday
- Continuously Resided in US from June 15, 2007, to present
- Entered US Without Inspection (sometimes called illegal entry) before June 15, 2012
- Currently in school, have graduated from high school, or have GED, or honorably discharged from military
- Age 15, or older, at time of application
Complicating Factors that require careful evaluation before filing a DACA Application
- No documents, or few documents, showing presence in US
- Criminal Charges
- Previous immigration application
- Absences from US since June 15, 2007 ( or 5 years before filing)
Seek advice from an experienced immigration lawyer if any of the above complicating factors apply to you.
Benefits of an Approved DACA Application
- Protection from deportation for 3 years
- Able to apply for permission to work in the US
- Able to apply for a Social Security Number
Risks in Applying for DACA
- If you apply, and you are not eligible, you could be deported.
- Some kinds of denials may make you permanently unable to file immigration applications in the future. For example, some kinds of criminal convictions may be a permanent bar to entering the US.