Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lawyers in New Orleans

This policy protects nearly 1 million young people who entered the country illegally as children. Although it does not offer a path to citizenship, individuals benefiting from this policy can obtain both a social security number and a work permit.

DACA benefits

DACA can change a person's life by giving them access to better job and education opportunities. The most important benefit is that it allows beneficiaries to obtain a social security number and, in some states, a driver's license. This means you will be able to apply for healthcare, place utility bills in your name, and even start building credit score.

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What are the eligibility criteria for DACA?

For Initial Applications

  • Have arrived in the United States under the age of 16.

  • Be under the age of 31 by June 15, 2012.

  • Maintain continuous residence in the country from June 15, 2007 to the present.

  • Have entered the U.S. without inspection or have expired lawful immigration status as of June 15, 2012.

  • Have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012. You must also be physically in the country at the time of application.

  • Be currently in school, have completed high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces.

  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors.

  • Not pose a threat to national security.

As of today July 2022, the USCIS is no longer receiving new applications, but the process is open for those seeking to renew their DACA status. If you are unsure about your immigration status, contact us.

For DACA Renewal Applications

Have not departed the United States on or after August 15, 2012 without advance parole.

  • Maintain continuous residence in the United States from the time of filing the last DACA application to the present.

  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors.

  • Not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

What does Deferred mean in DACA?

In U.S. administrative law, deferred action is a technical way of saying that the beneficiary is protected from deportation. This is a discretionary determination to defer the removal of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. It is not a legal status, but instead an indefinite delay of deportation.

Are there any risks if I apply for DACA?

Starting the application process without meeting the eligibility criteria will cause your application to be denied and speed up your deportation process. In addition, you must remember that DACA is a discretionary status and the authorities can decide to revoke it at any time. Consult with an immigration attorney before you expose yourself.

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Can DACA beneficiaries travel to other countries?

Yes! Some beneficiaries can apply for an advance parole document, which allows them to leave the country without losing their DACA status. This document does not apply to everyone or for all travel purposes, be sure to check before you apply.

 

At Golden Muños Law, we know the importance of diversity in a country's culture. Our team of immigration attorneys is comprised of professionals from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. We are ready to help you understand your situation and offer you advice.

Starting the application process without meeting the eligibility criteria will cause your application to be denied and speed up your deportation process. In addition, you must remember that DACA is a discretionary status and the authorities can decide to revoke it at any time. Consult with an immigration attorney before you expose yourself.