DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Attorney

Serving the Dallas - Ft. Worth Area

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that some people who came to the United States as children and meet certain criteria can apply for deferred action for two years. They may also be granted work authorization.
Deferred action is when a prosecutor uses prosecutorial discretion to postpone a person’s deportation for a set amount of time. Deferred action does not entitle you to legal status, but it can be helpful to have if applicable.

DACA program red book with a gavel on top over USA flag
A Form I-821D for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals on a table

Requirements to Be Eligible for DACA

  • You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday.
  • You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to present time.
  • You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  • You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
  • You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the coast guard or armed forces of the United States.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat.
  • You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.

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