Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Blog Post


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Hope and relief is what thousands of young people and their parents felt after the announcement by the Obama Administration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a special protection and work authorization for individuals who were brought to the United States as children. By granting deferred action, the government chooses not to deport the individual. Thus, a DACA approval means that an individual can work legally in the United States without fear of being deported.

Potential recipients are youths who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and were under age 31 without a valid status on June 15 2012, among other requirements such as continuous presence, education, military service and good behavior.

While DACA provides some hope and relief, it is not a permanent solution. It does not provide a path to legal permanent residency or citizenship. Applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is also more complicated than filling out forms. A mistake could lead to removal proceedings, a delay in your application, a denial of your application, or a loss of filing fees.

A complete evaluation of each individual case must be made. For example, past encounters with immigration, criminal history, and travel outside the United States should be analyzed by an attorney.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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