Helping You Understand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In June of 2012, President Obama addressed the problem of young people stuck in immigration limbo because they were brought to the U.S. while very young, through no choice of their own, without documentation. In recent years, thousands of young people born in other countries have encountered roadblocks to education, work and a normal lifestyle in general because of a lack of legal immigration status. Obama announced the beginning of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), offering hope to these young people, raised in the U.S. and educated in American schools.

Who Can Benefit From DACA?

DACA is not intended to be a permanent solution for young nonimmigrant aliens. It is not a path to a green card or citizenship. However, qualified young people can reapply every two years, indefinitely. Through DACA, the United States has placed a priority on pursuing other types of deportation cases while deferring action in cases involving qualified young people who:

  • Were younger than 31 years old on June 15, 2012 and were physically present in the U.S. on that date
  • Were brought to the United States before age 16
  • Have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007
  • Are in school or have received a GED or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Have not been convicted of serious crimes or significant misdemeanors
  • Do not pose a threat to the security of the U.S.

Confirmation of deferred action does not come from an immigration judge. Rather, it is granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The attorneys at Godoy Law Office, can help you to work with both the immigration judge and USCIS. Young people who already have standing deportation cases underway can qualify for deferred action. In such cases, a deportation case may be closed through a process called administrative closure.

Additionally, DACA can be used to provide relief from a pending deportation order or a pending in-absentia deportation order. Godoy Law Office, is an established immigration law firm with dedicated Chicago DACA attorneys who are ready to help you interpret the law as it applies in your case and apply for deferred action if you are eligible.

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