Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
The Secretary of Homeland Security announced on June 15 of 2012 that individuals who had arrived to the United States as children and met the specific criteria, can request deferred action for up to two years and be able to renew. Furthermore, individuals who are granted deferred action are also able to request for work authorization. Deferred action does not grant an individual lawful status, but rather defers the individual from being removed from the country for a specific period of time.
Who can apply for DACA?
Individuals who are below the age of 31 years of age as of June 15 of 2012 can apply for DACA. These individuals must also meet the following criteria listed below:
- Arrived to the United States before turning 16 years of age
- Have resided in the United States since June 15 of 2007 up to the present time
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15 of 2012, as well being physically present when requesting for deferred action with USCIS
- Had no lawful status on June 15 of 2012
- Are currently attending school, have graduated or received a high school diploma, GED certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- Have not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or three or more other misdemeanors, or consider a threat to national security or public safety.
The information above and below is taken from USCIS.
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has a step by step guideline on how to apply for DACA, the legal forms needed to be completed, applicant requirements, fee exemptions, and travel information.
Do you have additional Questions?
Educators for fair consideration includes a list of frequently asked questions about the benefits individuals gain after receiving DACA, clarifications about having a criminal record, international traveling, deportation etc.
Additional resources for DACA
United We Dream: DACA Renewal Network
United We Dream provides a DACA Renewal Network, in which upon registration, an individual gains access to a personalized DACA renewal plan, free “Do-It Yourself” online DACA application tools by lawyers, as well as legal help on DACA fees and more.
Know Your Rights
A Fact sheet that includes workers’ rights, resources against discrimination on the job, and forms (W-4, I-9 and applying for a social security #) provided all in English and Spanish.
Know Your Rights Card (Tarjeta de sus derechos)
The Know Your Rights Card is available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English
Immigrant Rights fact sheet provided in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.