What is DACA and how do I qualify?
DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This means those who have come to the United States may be eligible for consideration of temporary residence if they meet certain age requirements. You are likely to qualify if you meet certain requirements, a few are listed below:
- Under thirty one years of old on June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States before the age of sixteen
- Were in the United States when requesting consideration for DACA
- Are a student, graduated or completed a high school diploma or general education
- Have not committed a felony, misdemeanor, or pose a threat to national security
- You are an honorably discharged veteran.
If your request has been approved for DACA based on some of the eligibility requirements you will need to maintain that qualifier. For example, if you are a student and do not complete the enrolled courses your approval may be at risk.
What is the DACA Application Process?
The I-821D form is the COnsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which will have filing fees that cannot be waived. There are exemptions for special circumstances that will require more documentation. Proof of identity will be required with your legal name and photo along with proof you were in the United States before sixteen years of age. Proof of immigration status and presence in the U.S. on or before June 15, 2012 along with evidence of student status and status of an honorably discharged veteran. Once the application is accepted and potentially approved USCIS grants DACA and employment authorization for your case with a notice of the decision. If the decision was not authorized you may appeal the decisions and file a motion to reconsider.