Learn About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

If you were brought into the country by your parents as a child, and are attending school or have graduated from school (or obtained your GED), you may be eligible for protection from deportation and a work permit under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. Like Temporary Protected Status, this program does not offer permanent status, but provides protection, work authorization, and does not conflict with obtaining other immigration benefits in the future.

DACA helps to incorporate young adult immigrants into daily American life, making it easier to obtain a credit card, attend college, open a bank account, or get a driver’s license. With the ability to do these things that many U.S. citizens take for granted, these young immigrants are better able to contribute back to the economy of the United States, benefiting all.

DACA is not available to everyone. It only applies to those who came to the U.S. as children, are between the ages of 13 and 30 as of June 12, 2015, have obtained or are obtaining their education, or have served in the military, and have resided and been continuously present in the United States from June 25, 2007 until present, with certain minor breaks in presence permitted.

Even if you have a criminal record, you may still be eligible for DACA, depending on the nature of the charges made against you, especially if those charges are later re-opened and reduced or dismissed.
President Obama announced an extension to the DACA program, to lift the age requirement and update the entry date from June 2007 to January 2010. These changes are the subject of litigation and have not yet gone into effect.

If you think you might be eligible for DACA benefits, or would like to know more about the program, call the Affordable Law Group at 617-971-8295 to schedule a time to talk with our Immigration Attorney, or e-mail sidra@affordablelawma.com.

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