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What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Immigration

DACA is a program in the United States immigration policy that protects certain undocumented immigrants. It does not give you legal status or provide a pathway to citizenship, but it does provide temporary relief from deportation while you sort out your immigration issues.

DACA allows you to work legally in the U.S., and you can apply for a social security number, which can be crucial for obtaining employment, opening a bank account and accessing other benefits.

You must meet certain requirements

To be eligible for DACA, you must meet specific criteria. You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and must have arrived in the U.S. before your 16th birthday. You must also have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and been physically present in the country on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time of applying for DACA.

Additionally, you must be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED or have been honorably discharged from the military. Your criminal record is equally important. You must not have been convicted of certain crimes and must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

How to apply for DACA

If you are eligible for DACA, it is prudent to take advantage of this opportunity. You need to fill out the paperwork and provide supporting documentation. You will also be required to pay the applicable fees.

It is crucial to follow the application instructions carefully and provide accurate information. Reaching out for legal guidance on how the process works can help you do everything right and increase your chances of approval.