On June 15, 2012, the government announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may apply for deferred action for a period of two years. If the deferred application (also known as DACA) is approved, the individual will receive work authorization for two years. The application could then be renewed for two more years.
The Deferred action is discretionary and individuals are not guaranteed approval. So, it is highly recommended that individuals contact an experienced attorney to find out whether or not DACA is a good option for them.
PRIOR CRIMINAL CONVICTION
If you have a criminal conviction, there are special guidelines to determine if you qualify for DACA. Call us, so we can discuss your case and determine if you qualify for DACA, despite your criminal conviction.
The same occurs for individuals who traveled abroad after entering the U.S. If you traveled outside of the U.S. you might not qualify for DACA. However, certain short trips may not trigger this bar, so call us to discuss your case. Mrs. Zach is an experienced attorney who will be able to advise you about your rights
Born on or after June 16, 1981
Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday
Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 (the past 5 years), up to the present time
Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making DACA application
Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, or obtained a general education certificate (GED)
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
Be at least 15 years old to file an application (unless you are or have been in deportation proceedings)