DACA Benefits for Individuals
What is DACA?
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.
Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
Who Qualifies for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
Certain illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action.
To be eligible for this exemption the illegal immigrant in question must:
- Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday;
- have continuously resided in the United State since June 15, 2007, up the present time;
- Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filling request for deferred action;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school (GED) or an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Military; and
- NO felonies, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action.
What does DACA do for approved applicants?
- Defers active deportation for two years and is renewable at the end of that two years.
- Allows approved applicants to apply for a two years work authorization for legal employment in the United States.
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