Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a new administrative policy enacted by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012. The program allows undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children to remain in the US. Although the Supreme Court struck down Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expanded DACA for individuals over 31, the original DACA program announced in 2012 remains active.
DACA allows people to be lawfully in the US and work legally, and can also lead to lawful permanent residency for some, especially those married to US citizens or with US citizen children over 21. Those who are in removal proceedings or who have a voluntary departure order may still apply for DACA.
In order to qualify for DACA, a person must:
If you meet the above requirements, you may apply for DACA (though meeting all of the requirements does not guarantee approval). To apply, you must:
Not correctly filling out these forms or not including all evidence in your application could delay or adversely affect your DACA.
You are not required to have legal representation when applying for DACA. However, if you need assistance with your petition, or if you have a complicated case, we are here to help.