Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was issued on June 15, 2012 and enables childhood arrivals to be able to apply for work authorization. Even though the deferred action does not give the person any lawful status, it allows any qualified applicant in the state of Texas to work, apply for a driver’s license, and acquire a social security number. Due to this executive order, a lot of individuals have been able to come out and find new job opportunities to help them support their families. However, there are several deferred action requirements that must be met to qualify.
What are the Deferred Action Requirements?
You are eligible to request consideration of deferred action if you:
- Were under 31 years old as of the 15th of June, 2012.
- Arrived in the US before your 16th birthday.
- Continuously lived in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 up to the present.
- Were present in the U.S. on the 15th of June, 2012 when DACA was issued, and at the time you made the request for consideration for deferred action with the USCIS.
- Entered the US without any inspection prior to June 15, 2012 or your immigration status had already expired as of the same date.
- Are presently attending school, have graduated or acquired a certificate of completion from any high school, have acquired a GED or a general education development certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces or the Coast Guard of the country.
- Have not be charged or convicted of significant misdemeanor, felony, three or more misdemeanors, and are not a threat to public safety and security.
The Requirements in Age
All individuals who are requesting for deferred action should be between the ages of 15 to 31 years old. The maximum age limit must not have been reached after June 15, 2012. Additionally, the minimum age restriction is only valid if you are not currently in a removal proceeding or have a voluntary departure or final removal order.
The Help Extended by the Davis Law Firm
If you want to know more about these deferred action requirements, in order to determine whether you or any of your family members can qualify, you can seek the help of the Davis Law Firm. The head of the firm’s immigration department is a former Consular Officer and Visa Chief in the U.S. The experience and credibility we bring can help you and your family obtain the help they need.