Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that is meant for the young undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Through this program, certain eligible undocumented youth can gain temporary legal status in the U.S. Young immigrants who entered America as minors and who meet certain key guidelines may file applications for DACA.

This status will be valid for a two year period and the DACA recipients can renew their status at the end of the two year period. These young immigrants who gain this legal status can also get work permits valid for two years. They need to prove by submitting verifiable documentation that they meet the requirements for this status.

Undocumented immigrants between ages 15 and 31 can apply for this status. They must have got into America either illegally or with non-immigrant visas before turning 16. They need to meet few educational requirements and at the time of applying for this status, they need to prove that they are in school or are graduates. If not, they must have served the U.S. Armed Forces. They may not qualify if they have committed crimes or if they pose a threat to national security.

People who gain deferred action status need to remember that this status is only a temporary status and that this status will not make them eligible for U.S. citizenship or for legal permanent resident status (green card status).

Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals along with Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-765WS, Worksheet must be filed by the young immigrants looking to gain this temporary status in the U.S. This status will permit them to work and live in America and they need not worry about deportation until their status is valid.

DACA recipients in some American states like Georgia, New York, Florida and Illinois can get driver’s licenses and drive legally. Some states also permit them to obtain state benefits including federal financial aid for education. However, there are some states like Arizona that prevent the DACA recipients from receiving driver’s licenses and other benefits.

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