Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
What Is DACA
The Secretary for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on June 15, 2012 that individuals who had entered the United States as children and who meet the guidelines set forth by the DHS, may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. The qualified individuals may also be eligible for work authorization. This provision allows the deferral of the removal proceeding against the qualified individuals for a specified period.
In order to qualify to apply for the DACA, you:
- Must be at lease 15 years old (unless you are under removal proceedings or have a final departure order)
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- Entered the United States before age of 16;
- Have lived in the United States from June 15, 2007 until the present time without leaving.
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time of applying for the deferred action.
- Did not have lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the US Coast Guard or US Armed Forces and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor (or three or more other misdemeanors) and are not a threat to national security or public safety.
How can we help….
The Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates has made several applications for DACA on behalf of our clients. If you would like a consultation regarding an application for DACA with one of our immigration lawyers please call us at (617) 367-6750 or click on here to request a consultation with one our Immigration Lawyers Boston, Massachusetts.
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