A New Opportunity For Immigrants
Jan. 13, 2018, Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. USCIS will no longer approve advance parole requests associated with DACA.
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced a new opportunity for undocumented immigrants in the United States who arrived in this country as children. The administration pledged to exercise prosecutorial discretion by stopping any deportation cases involving young people who:
- Were under age 31 as of that date
- Arrived in the United States before age 16
- Had continuously lived in the United States for five years or more as of June 15, 2012
- Arrived without proper immigration documentation or whose lawful status had expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are in school, graduated from a U.S. educational institution or served in a branch of the U.S. military
This new program became known as the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). It offers qualifying young immigrants the opportunity to avoid deportation and obtain two-year, renewable work permits. Through DACA, these young people can live and work in this country temporarily. They can get Social Security cards and driver’s licenses.
The executive branch of the United States has clarified that DACA is not the Dream Act, which has not become law yet, although there are some similarities, is not amnesty, is not a path to citizenship, will not be used as a way to track or detain unlawful immigrants, allows for work permits that can be renewed every two years.
We Can Help You Evaluate Whether DACA Applies To You
No one can predict whether DACA will continue. At present, however, it offers hope and relief to many young immigrants. Some of them never knew they did not have legal immigration status until they turned 18, applied for college or tried to get driver’s licenses. DACA gives them the opportunity to focus on education and employment without fear of deportation.
Thousands of young people taking advantage of DACA have received their two-year work visas already. From law offices in Indianapolis, our attorneys can help young people verify eligibility. We can help you gather and prepare to present proof that you were in the United States in time and otherwise qualify for deferred action status.
Contact us online or call 317-822-9900 to schedule a consultation. We accept credit cards and offer after-hours appointments as necessary. We accommodate clients who speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic. Se habla español.