Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Helping Clients File Under The Obama Administration’s New Initiative
If you are an undocumented immigrant who entered the United States before the age of 16, you may be eligible for the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which allows qualified applicants to avoid deportation and work legally in the U.S.
At the law firm of Trevino Immigration Law, our San Antonio deferred action lawyers have the experience and insight to advise clients in Texas and beyond on this unique program. If you choose to apply for deferred action, we can help you prepare and submit your application.
Bexar County Lawyers Determining Whether Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Is Right For You
The deferred action initiative was announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012, and U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications on August 15. This program is partially modeled on the proposed DREAM Act, which remains stalled in Congress.
Because deferred action is an executive branch initiative, it does not go as far as the DREAM Act would go in creating a path to citizenship. However, it does provide some important benefits. If you meet all of the following criteria, you may be eligible for deferred action:
- You entered the U.S. before the age of 16.
- You have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007.
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- You entered the U.S. illegally or your legal status expired before June 15, 2012.
- You are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have received your GED certification or have been honorably discharged from the military.
- You have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and you do not pose a threat by remaining in the U.S.
- You were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of your application.
Since the deferred action program was announced, people have had many questions about it. In particular, many people are concerned that the information they submit will be used against them in the future. Our attorneys can answer your questions and advise you on your options.
Bexar County Lawyers · Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
If you are eligible for deferred action, this program may be your opportunity to break free from some of the most serious burdens of so-called illegal immigrant status. To schedule a consultation to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals, please contact our Bexar County attorneys at 210-544-5105 or by email.