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What is DACA?

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2022 | Immigration Law

If you came to the U.S. as a child, you may be able to request deferred action for removal if you qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This program provides consideration for deferred action for qualifying individuals and in certain cases, also includes work authorization.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you can apply for DACA if you were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, you came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday and you lived in the U.S. continuously starting on June 15, 2007, or earlier. You must also not have a criminal record and currently, be in school or have graduated from high school to qualify for this federal program.

Filing for DACA

You must submit copies of several documents to apply for DACA. For example, you must submit proof of identity, proof that you came to the U.S. before you turned 16, proof of your immigration status, proof of your residence in the U.S. and proof of your student or military status.

Denial of your application

If USCIS does not approve your request for DACA, you cannot appeal this decision or try and apply again at a later date. Unless USCIS determines that your application was fraudulent or threatening to public safety, you will not face enforcement action from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Including all necessary information in your application for DACA is essential for potential approval. Take all legal steps needed to ensure the accuracy of your application so that you can increase your chances of approval by USCIS.