Louisville DACA Lawyers
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It provides protection from deportation to undocumented people who entered the U.S. at age 16 or younger, before June 15, 2007. Besides being unremovable for two years, approved individuals are free to get a two-year work permit and even to apply for a driving license in most states. But DACA applicants should be aware of two things:
- First, DACA is not the same as the DREAM Act, which has not been passed into law, and which provides a pathway to citizenship for the children of undocumented aliens. DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship.
- Second, applying for DACA, particularly without an experienced attorney assisting you, may actually expose you to possible deportation. If your application is refused (there is no appeals process), you remain vulnerable to removal, and the USCIS now knows who and where you are.
Do You Qualify For Deferred Action?
Here are the complete qualifications for Deferred Action:
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday.
- You have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time.
- You were present physically in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for deferred action consideration.
- You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
- You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
- You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Deferred Action Not Possible For Those With Criminal Conviction
Individuals who have been convicted of drug possession or even a single DUI will not qualify for DACA.
So you can see, DACA is not a “gift.” It requires young persons to obey the law, to study, to graduate, or to serve in the Armed Forces. If you wish more information about DACA, please call the Kentucky lawyers at Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC.
Contact A Kentucky Deferred Action Attorney
Need to know more about Deferred Action? Call the Louisville DACA attorneys at Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, at 502-442-2039, toll-free 888-832-2944 — or describe your immigration law problem using this email form.