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DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

What is DACA?

On June 18, 2012, President Obama announced that certain immigrants who had arrived in the U.S. as children would be allowed to temporarily remain in the U.S. with work authorization. The program, called Deferred Action for Certain Childhood Arrivals or “DACA”, does not grant immigration status and does not provide a pathway to citizenship. It is a temporary authorization to remain in the U.S. with work authorization. An applicant for DACA has to have entered the U.S. before the age of 16, must have been under the age of 31 on June 18, 2012, and for the most part have a clean criminal record.

DACA, like many immigration processes, is more complicated than it appears at first glance. Although an applicant is eligible for DACA, information provided on the application can be used to deny future immigration applications. It is important that an applicant receives a comprehensive evaluation of his or her immigration case before filing DACA or any immigration application.

Important Note: Donald Trump has stated that he intends to end DACA. As of November 2016, Becker & Lee LLP is recommending that people who are eligible for DACA, DACA extensions, or DACA Advance Parole (permission to travel internationally and return to the US) consult with an immigration lawyer before filing any DACA-related filings.

Contact one of our DACA attorneys of Becker & Lee LLP to learn more.