Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been available since 2012. Recently, new applications again were welcomed. This relief is meant to benefit any child who came to the US, even illegally, before they were 16 years old who was in the US prior to 2007 (full requirements below).
If you are married to a US citizen and you are eligible for DACA, and you were an illegal entrant to the US, by getting DACA you can make it easier to get your lawful permanent residency. In many cases people with DACA have been successful in requesting temporary travel documents to leave the US for a short period of time. Upon return, these travelers are paroled into the US. With a legal entry provided by this travel, these people can now apply for their green cards in the US without a waiver.
You do not have to be a high school graduate to qualify for DACA. If you are not a high school graduate you just need to submit proof that you are taking classes toward a GED.
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The following documents are needed to file for an initial DACA Request:
Two (2) passport style photos of immigrant
Copies of immigrant’s passport information pages and visas (if applicable)
Copy of immigrant’s birth certificate (with English translations if necessary)
Copy of High School Diploma, GED equivalent or proof that immigrant is currently enrolled in a GED program
Continuous Physical Presence Requirement:
Proof of presence in the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
Proof of continuous presence in the United States since June 15, 2007 up to the present time
Proof of continuous presence in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making immigrant’s initial DACA request
Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:
o School records
o Medical records
o Church records
o Financial records
o Driver’s license record
o Pay stubs
o Tax Returns
o Cell phone bills
o Letters from church or social organizations
Certified criminal records (if applicable):
o All record must be CERTIFIED police reports, charging documents, disposition and termination of conditions for each arrest.
o The attorney may attempt to obtain the required records for additional attorney’s fees
Government filing fees Initial DACA Request $495