Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA allows people who were children when they came to the U.S. to request deferred action for two years as long as they meet certain requirements. Available since June 2012, DACA can be renewed. It does not, however, grant lawful status to beneficiaries.
At the Law Office of Peter Duong, our San Francisco immigration lawyer is experienced at helping people successfully request and renew DACA. Dedicated to helping people resolve their immigration issues as favorably and efficiently as possible, our attorney and his staff are ready to discuss your needs and help you obtain the deferred action – or other resolution – you need.
Basic Eligibility Requirements for DACA
Those who may be eligible to request DACA include people who:
- Were younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Arrived in the U.S. before turning 16 years old
- Currently live in the U.S. and have lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Are physically present in the U.S. when requesting DACA (and who were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012)
- Have a GED, a high school diploma or are currently in school or who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard
- Have not been convicted of a significant misdemeanor, at least three misdemeanors or a felony crime and who do not present a threat to public safety or U.S. national security.
More Important Information about DACA
- Applying for DACA – Requesting deferred action starts with completing Form I-821D, Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. following this, a number of other supporting documents will need to be compiled, including (but not limited to) documents proving your identity, when you came to the S., your immigration status, your continuous residence in the U.S. since 2007 and your education (or military discharge).
- When DACA Is Granted – An applicant will be notified by mail if (s)he has been granted DACA. If this deferred action has been granted, a work authorization in the form of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be sent subsequently.
- Bars for DACA – Those who will automatically not be considered for DACA include (but may not be limited to) applicants who are deemed to be a threat to national security, who present a risk to public safety or who have a criminal record with certain types of prior convictions (noted above).
Contact a San Francisco Immigration Lawyer at the Law Office of Peter Duong
For experienced help requesting or renewing DACA, contact a San Francisco immigration lawyer at the Law Office of Peter Duong. For nearly two decades, our trusted lawyer has been committed to providing exceptional legal services related to all aspects of U.S. immigration and naturalization law.
To discuss your options for resolving your immigration issues – and to learn more about how we can help you, call us today at 415.231.5143 or email us via the contact form on this page. From our offices based in San Francisco, our attorneys provide superior representation and legal services to clients throughout the Bay Area, the state of California and the world.