DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

What is DACA?

It is a benefit for all those people who came to the United States (U.S.) illegally or entered the U.S. legally but their legal status expired when they were minors. This immigration policy was instituted by former President Barack Obama.

What is the purpose of DACA?

Successful DACA applicants would have the action of removal from the U.S. delayed for two (2) years, subject to renewal. Though this action does not provide lawful status, it does grant eligibility for work authorization.

What are the requirements to apply for this benefit?

  • Must be over 15 years old at the time of applying;
  • Be 31 years old or under as of June 15, 2012;
  • Having arrived in the U.S. before the age of sixteen (16);
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2012;
  • Have been present in the U.S. between June 15, 2012 and at the time of filing the application;
  • Have entered the U.S. without being inspected and admitted before June 15 , 2012, or their legal status expired on June 15, 2015;
  • Be attending school, graduated from high school, possess a General Education Certificate (GED), or have served honorably in the Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Not have been found guilty of a felony, significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors, or pose a threat to national security or public safety.

What are possible benefits if the application is approved?

If the person’s application is approved, they will obtain a work permit for a period of two (2) years and a social security card, which will allow them to work legally in the U.S. and obtain a driver’s license.