What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is a form of immigration benefit available to certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and did not intend to violate U.S. immigration laws.
Please Note: The U.S. government is currently working on immigration reform. Matters concerning DACA are frequently changing. It is important to consult an experienced immigration attorney regarding your specific circumstances.
uscis resumes accepting daca applications following january 9, 2018 federal court order
On January 13, 2018 USCIS announced it would resume accepting DACA renewals. According to the USCIS announcement, USCIS will not accept applications from individuals who never had DACA status; however, the current or past beneficiaries of the DACA program should do the following:
- If DACA status expired on or after September 5, 2016: The applicant should file a DACA renewal request.
- If DACA status expired before September 5, 2016: The applicant should file an initial DACA request.
- If DACA status was terminated at any time: The applicant should file an initial DACA request.
Benefits of Deferred Action?
While DACA does not lead to a green card or citizenship, DACA confers several immigration benefits, including the following:
- Lawful Presence for 2 years (not lawful status)
- Employment Authorization for 2 years
- Social Security Number
- Driver's License or State ID
- Travel Outside of the U.S. in Limited Circumstances
To be eligible for DACA, an applicant must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- Came to the United States under the age of 16
- Continuously resided in the United States for at least 5 years preceding June 15, 2012
- Present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Not born before June 15, 1981
- No lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012
- Graduate of an accredited U.S. high school or G.E.D. program (or currently enrolled).
- No felony or significant misdemeanor convictions or 3 or more non-significant misdemeanor convictions.
Houston DACA Attorney
Deferred Action or DACA is an amazing opportunity for a young person who has resided in the U.S. for the majority of his or her life to lawfully reside, work, and go to school in the U.S.
DACA is a discretionary form of relief and is not automatically granted to everyone that applies. As a result, it is important to consult an experienced DACA and immigration attorney to discuss your immigration status and legal options.
Tatiauna Holland of the Holland Law Firm, PLLC is an experienced immigration attorney. She has obtained favorable results with DACA applications and other forms of immigration relief, including green card, naturalization and citizenship, work authorization, and more.
Contact Tatiauna Holland for a confidential review of your case at (832) 328-7877. The Holland Law Firm, PLLC proudly serves clients throughout Greater Houston, including Houston, Sugar Land, Conroe, the Woodlands, and surrounding areas.