Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Announced on June 15, 2012, by the Secretary of Homeland Security, deferred action for childhood arrivals ("DACA") is for certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several eligibility guidelines. Upon approval for DACA, a person is eligible for work authorization, may apply for social security number as well as driver's license or a non-driver's ID.
An individual may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if:
1. He or she was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. 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 USCIS;
5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Contact our office to find out if you are eligible for DACA.