October 2022 Update: A federal appeals court has ruled that portions of the DACA program are unlawful. USCIS will continue processing requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Although USCIS will continue to accept initial applications, those will not be processed and decided until further ordered from the court. USCIS will continue to grant advance parole to those who already have DACA and will determine those applications on a case-by-case basis.
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced a new opportunity for undocumented immigrants in the United States who arrived in this country as children. This new program became known as the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). It offers qualifying young immigrants the opportunity to avoid deportation and obtain two-year, renewable work permits. Through DACA, these young people can live and work in this country temporarily. They can get Social Security cards and driver’s licenses.
Under DACA, the administration pledged to exercise prosecutorial discretion by stopping any deportation cases involving young people who:
The executive branch of the United States has clarified that DACA is not the Dream Act (which has not become law yet, although there are some similarities), is not amnesty, is not a path to citizenship, will not be used as a way to track or detain unlawful immigrants, and allows for work permits that can be renewed every two years.
No one can predict whether DACA will continue. At present, however, it offers hope and relief to many young immigrants. Some of them never knew they did not have legal immigration status until they turned 18, applied for college, or tried to get driver’s licenses. DACA gives them the opportunity to focus on education and employment without fear of deportation. Thousands of young people taking advantage of DACA have received their two-year work authorization already. From law offices in Indianapolis, our attorneys can help young people verify eligibility. We can help you gather and prepare to present proof that you were in the United States in time and otherwise qualify for deferred action status.
Contact us at 463-207-9900 to schedule a consultation with a DACA attorney in our Indianapolis office. We accept credit cards and offer in-person, video and telephonic appointments. We accommodate clients who speak many languages. Hablamos español.
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