What is DACA?
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is a policy that protects young people who entered the United States unlawfully as children. The program does not grant you an official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it will allow you to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit. DACA pretty much will help you live your life without that immigration cloud constantly floating over you.
Do I Qualify?
You might qualify for DACA If you meet the below conditions:
- Entered the United States unlawfully prior to your 16th birthday
- Have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007
- Were under age 31 on June 15, 2012 (born on June 16, 1981 or after)
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces, or are enrolled in school
- Have not been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Just a reminder that Immigrants up to the age of 31 can file for the protections and opportunities DACA offers as of January 2022.