Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a currently standing immigration policy created by President Barack Obama on June 15, 2012. This American immigration policy provides immigrants who fled their country for a better life the right to seek temporary deportation relief by fulfilling certain criteria within the policy. One can review the original requirements for 2012 DACA here. On August 15, 2012 DACA was implemented in full affect, processing well over 1.2 million undocumented young people, according to Center for American Progress. Deferred action recipients are allowed to stay in the United States without getting deported, receive work authorization, apply for a driver’s license, a social security number, and through other circumstances may apply for permission to travel abroad. Deferred action is NOT amnesty, lawful permanent residency, or a pathway to citizenship.
Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals:
- are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
- came to the U.S. while under the age of 16;
- have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present. (For purposes of calculating this five-year period, brief and innocent absences from the United States for humanitarian reasons will not be included);
- entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa status before June 15, 2012;
- were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;
- have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and
- do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
*Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of the above criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check.
Applicants must submit the following forms or their application will be returned to them:
- Form I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
- Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Document;
- Form I-765 WS –EAD economic need supplement form
Additionally, applicants will need to submit documentary evidence that they meet all of the criteria to qualify for deferred action (age; entry date; continuous presence; educational or military documentation; etc.)
The total fees for the application (including an application for an Employment Authorization Document and background check) will be $465.