The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a useful immigration tool for young people who were brought to the United States as children.
DACA is a program created by the Obama administration in 2012 to protect from deportation certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. In addition to protection from deportation, DACA recipients are eligible for a social security number, work authorization, and a state-issued ID or driver’s license.
No. DACA does not grant lawful status such as a visa or a green card and does not provide a path to United States citizenship.
In order to be eligible for DACA, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants can file for the protection of the program up until they turn 31 years old.
In order to travel outside the United States, a DACA recipient must request Advance Parole and pay a fee. Advance Parole is a permit for a non-U.S. national who does not have an immigrant visa to re-enter the United States.
DACA status is generally good for two years after the date of issuance. You can apply for a renewal.
If you want more information about DACA, you should consult with an immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, we have the experience and the compassion you need. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.