Initiated in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows certain individuals to apply for deferred action for a period of two years. Deferred action is essentially protection from deportation; however, it offers benefits such as employment authorization to individuals granted DACA. The Vergara Law Group has experience in preparing successful DACA applications as well as renewal applications.
In 2014, an expansion of this program, as well as a similar program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, was initiated. However, the program has been postponed temporarily.
DACA -- Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
If you are seeking an attorney to learn about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, it is most likely because you are in the United States and want to stay. Or perhaps you are searching to help someone you love. Either way, it is important to work with an experienced immigration lawyer to help you through the process.
Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) is a legal process that can help qualifying U.S. residents who are in the country illegally avoid deportation and removal actions. Once DACA is approved, successful applicants will get work permits and become eligible for travel permits.
To qualify, you must:
- Be under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012
- Have arrived in the United States before you turned 15 years of age
- Have arrived in the United States before June 15, 2007
- Have graduated from high school in the United States or be a current high school student in the U.S.
If you qualify, the deportation and removal process will be deferred. During that time, we can help you obtain a two-year work permit to stay in the country. This can be an important step in becoming a green card holder and the citizenship process.
It is important to note that criminal charges, misdemeanors and felonies, can impact a DACA application. If you have any criminal record, talk with our lawyers before filling out your DACA application.
Advance Parole Immigraton Attorneys
Advance Parole, if granted, allows an individual to travel abroad temporarily and provides them with permission to re-enter the United States. Certain immigrants, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and individuals applying for permanent residents, may be eligible for Advance Parole.