If you were brought to the United States as a child, our immigration lawyers may be able to help you obtain protected status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Contact us today to learn more.
DACA: Know Your Rights
If you were brought to the United States as a child, this might be the only home you have ever known. At Somos Immigration, we understand that the thought of deportation is terrifying, but our compassionate immigration lawyers are here to help protect your rights. Give us a call today to see if you qualify for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.
What Is DACA?
In 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to protect the rights of people who were brought to the United States as children and are not in the country in accordance with United States immigration laws. DACA allows individuals in these circumstances to apply for a two-year, renewable, protected status to defer deportation and obtain a work permit. At Somos Immigration, we can help you prepare your application and apply for deferred action.
Qualifying for DACA
To be eligible for protection under DACA, you need to meet several requirements. These requirements include:
- Were brought to the United States before turning 16
- Were under the age of 31 when the DACA was signed
- Lived in the country continuously since June 2007 or earlier
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and when applying
did not have lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Graduated from high school, have a GED, are still enrolled in an educational program, or be an honorably discharged veteran
- Have not been convicted of a serious criminal offense such as a felony or serious misdemeanor or be deemed a threat to public safety or national security
If you do not meet these qualifications, we may still be able to help you apply for lawful immigration status.
Preparing for the DACA Application
Whether you are applying for a first-time DACA petition or a DACA renewal, it is essential to be prepared for the application process. You must have all the correct documentation and materials in order for your application to be approved. These may include a copy of your original birth certificate, a history of any traffic violations and court records, a copy of school records, and other supporting documents. The specific documents needed will vary for each case, so it is essential to reach out to an attorney to ensure you have everything that is required.
An Immigration Attorney That Cares
Applying for protection under DACA can be a long and involved process, but it can also be the first step on the road to legal status and has been proven to lead to many opportunities for beneficiaries. At Somos Immigration, we have years of experience helping individuals just like you and will fight for the best outcome in your case and for your future.
Let Us Help You Apply for DACA Today
If you need help with your DACA application, don’t wait. Work with an experienced immigration lawyer that is committed to helping you remain in the country.