Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA does not confer immigration status or a path to citizenship, but enables those persons who qualify to obtain employment authorization and avoid removal (deportation) for renewable two year periods.
People will initially qualify for DACA if:
- they are at least 15 years old
- they entered the United States under the age of 16
- were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- were physically present in the United States between June 15, 2007 through June 15, 2012
- were without lawful status and were physically present on June 15, 2012
- either attend school or graduated from high school
People will not qualify for DACA if they committed a significant misdemeanor or a felony.
The future of DACA is currently uncertain due to the election of President Trump. Consult with an attorney prior to filing for DACA or advance parole based on DACA.