Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.
DACA offers considerable benefits to those who are eligible to apply for immigration relief. Most importantly, DACA recipients are granted two-year lawful status to live and work within the United States. With this comes several different specific benefits, including the ability to apply for a driver’s license, among others. Additionally, DACA recipients can seek approval to leave and re-enter the United States.
DACA is designed to benefit undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children. Only a limited amount of people qualify for immigration relief under this program. Under the policy, you must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible to apply for DACA:
- You must have entered the United States before the age of 16;
- You must have been living in the United States since at least 2007;
- You must have been 31 years old or younger as of June of 2012;
- You must currently be attending high school, have already graduated from high school or have obtained a GED; and
- You cannot have committed any serious criminal offense while in the United States.
DACA Filing Process
The steps in the DACA renewal process are:
Step 1: Make sure that you qualify to renew your status before you begin the process. Do not submit a renewal application if you don’t qualify for DACA.
Step 2: Collect the information and supporting documents needed to complete your application package.
Step 3: Prepare and submit your application package to USCIS.
Step 4: The official receipt notice from USCIS will arrive in the mail.
Step 5: Your biometrics appointment notice will arrive in the mail.
Step 6: Complete your biometrics appointment.
Step 7: Your decision notice will arrive in the renewal decision should arrive in the mail. If approved, your new work card will be mailed to you.
The Law Offices of Kameli & Associates, our dedicated attorneys have years of experience with the immigration system and law. We have helped numerous clients over the past 20+ years with immigration matters. Because of our track record of success and because of our commitment to our clients, you can be confident that we are prepared to help you every step of the way.
If you qualify to renew your status, we can prepare your application form for you, submit it to USCIS, and respond to any correspondence from the government.
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