What is Deferred Action (DACA)
A guide to explain the basic requires for qualifying for immigration relief under Deferred Action
What is DACAIt is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. This process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship. Individuals whose cases are deferred will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period. Individuals may request renewal for DACA status. Individuals may also receive employment authorization.
Who qualifies for DACA?According to USCIS, you may qualify for DACA if you meet the following criteria: Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 up to the present time. Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your lawful immigration status is expired as of June 15, 2012. Currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.