What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
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Under some circumstances, young immigrants may be protected from being deported through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is a policy created by the Obama administration in 2012. DACA is intended to defer the removal of individuals who entered the United States with others as children.
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The focus of deportation has greatly changed over the years, and is now focusing on deporting individuals who are considered to be a threat or harmful to the country instead of splitting up families. You can count on our team at Byrd & Associates to provide you with the legal counsel you deserve for your immigration matter.
DACA has a few basic criteria for eligibility, which include:
- You must be 30 years of age or younger on June 15, 2012
- You must have come to the U.S. before you were 16
- You must be in the U.S. during the request
- You must have graduated or be currently in school
- You must not have been convicted of a crime, either felony or misdemeanor
Do I qualify for deferred action?
Before you start the complex and confusing process, it is advisable to speak with our experienced San Jose immigration lawyer to find out if DACA is the right option for you. The reason that this is so important is that if you apply and are denied, there are many risks involved, including deportation. If you are approved, there are many legal and other benefits, including finding a sense of relief and comfort.
To learn more about what it takes to qualify and what documents you will need to prove your qualifications, do not hesitate to call us now at (408) 916-1900 for an initial consultation!