President Barack Obama announced in June of 2012 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain undocumented youth who entered the United States as children. This program is called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA” and permits eligible youth to be granted temporary permission to live and work in the U.S.
Under DACA, deferred action is granted for two (2) years and can be renewed for an additional two (2) years. DACA is granted on a case by case basis, so even if you meet the basic requirements, it is up to DHS whether or not to grant you DACA. DACA is temporary and does not provide a path to lawful permanent residence (“greencard”) or U.S. citizenship, but a person granted DACA will be considered to be lawfully present in the U.S. for as long as their deferred action is in effect.
The Law Office of Karen Winston handles requests for deferred action and requests for renewal of deferred action. Contact us today for a consultation to determine whether you or your family member qualifies for DACA.