Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
What is DACA?
Undocumented immigrants who can answer "yes" to the following six questions are eligible to apply for DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If granted DACA, they are given work permits and can apply to travel internationally in an emergency situation.
When DACA went into effect on June 15, 2012,
were you under 31 years old and without legal immigraton status?
Did you arrive in the U.S. before your 16th birthday?
Have you lived exclusively in the U.S. since June 15th, 2007?
Is your criminal record mostly clean?
Did you graduate from high school, get your GED, or serve in the military?
If not, are you currently pursuing your education?
Are you at least 15 years old?
This video explains more about what DACA is.
Please note: This video was created in 2012 when the DACA program was brand new. The dream.bkrlaw.com website this video references is no longer active. If you'd like to speak to us about your DACA eligibility, contact us below or by calling 317-571-3600.
New Applications Are
Being Accepted Again!
The White House announced on January 20, 2021 their plan to preserve and fortify the DACA program.
You can read the announcement on the White House website. Here's a summary:
New applications are accepted according to previous requirements.
If you were not able to apply for DACA before the previous administration shut down the program, and you still meet all 6 requirements, give us a call.
You can continue to renew as long as you still qualify.
DACA renewals continue to be accepted. We help with renewals even if you did not file your initial application with our office!
If you had DACA before, but it's been expired for over a year, we can help submit a new application.
Renewal applications can only be filed if your DACA is still valid or expired less than 1 year ago. If you have an expired DACA that's been expired for more than 1 year, not to worry! We can still submit a new DACA application!
Does DACA provide a path to citizenship?
While many leaders and politicians have expressed their support for DACA and are asking Congress to pass laws protecting those who were protected by DACA and allowing those who have DACA to apply for citizenship, there is currently no process for someone to apply for permanent legal status just for having DACA.
However, you may still be eligible for other forms of permanent relief. For more information, check out our other services pages or contact our office below.
Like other types of immigration cases, the rules of DACA as outlined by USCIS are complex. Don't lose money or endanger your immigration status by getting sucked in to claims that sounds too good to be true.
For more tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraudulent immigration benefits providers, click below.
Send Us Your DACA Questions
If you still have doubts after reviewing the above information, let us know. Tell us a bit about your situation and when you'd like to meet with the attorney. Someone will be in touch to schedule an appointment.