Feb 16

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA

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It is a time of change and hope. A long-awaited change in U.S. immigration law started on June 15, 2012 when the Obama administration announced the Deferred Action …for Childhood Arrivals, also known as “DACA.” This important step in immigration law has brought hope to many individuals who were brought to the United States as children and meet the specific requirements of the DACA.

Under this program, when an immigrant is granted “deferred action,” it means that the Department of Homeland Security has deemed the individual a low priority for immigration enforcement. This is only a temporary relief but it may be revoked at any time. It is important to clarify that this program is not either an amnesty or immunity and neither grants lawful immigration status nor is a path to citizenship.

Eligible individuals must meet basic requirements to apply for deferred action: 1) must have come to the U.S. before their 16th birthday; 2) they are under the age of 31; 3) have no valid immigration status on June 15, 2012; 4) have continuously resided in the United States between June 15, 2007 and the time of your application; 5) are currently in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or where honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces; and 6) have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

For additional information see www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals, or consult an experienced immigration attorney to help you with the technicalities of the laws. Immigration laws and immigration applications require, most of the time, certain level of knowledge and expertise that lay individuals may not possess. Eligible individuals may have several questions about the eligibility requirements, documentation, and potential consequences of applying for deferred action. If you are a potential eligible individual, you may want to make a decision and take action.

Times are changing and there is hope… the reality is that the DACA is in effect and several immigrants have already availed to the benefits of the immigration law. Although there is no technically a deadline to apply for this program, the truth is that the sooner eligible individuals apply, the better chances they will have to be granted work permit and suspended deportation. It is time to take action. It is time to make a decision, and I can help you.