In this video, Attorney Shusterman tells you what you need to know about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, including how to know if you are eligible and how to know which documents to include in your application.
On June 15 2012, President Obama made a notable change to his immigration policies through the use of prosecutorial discretion. In a White House Statement, the President announced that certain young illegal immigrants will be eligible for deferred action, or temporary relief from deportation, and may apply for work permits starting on August 15. On August 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a 16-page memo explaining how to qualify for deferred action which has since been updated.
In general, these are the basic eligibility requirements:
- You must have come to the U.S. prior to your 16th birthday;
- You must have continually resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years immediately before June 15, 2012 and must be present in the U.S. on that date;
- You must have entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status must have expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You must currently be in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a general education (GED) certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or Armed Forces;
- You cannot have been convicted of a felony offense, significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- You must be under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012.
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.