The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is a set of protections that cover individuals who entered the United States as young people. Through no fault of their own, these aspiring citizens did not have the proper documentation, so DACA was designed to provide recipients the services they need to thrive in America. Those who fall under its umbrella can seek defense against deportation, they may qualify for work permits, and they are often allowed to travel abroad with obtaining an advanced parole (I-131 Application for Travel Document).
If you have questions about your rights under the current DACA rules and regulations, please contact Nassim Arzani, Esq. With two convenient locations in Riverside and Los Angeles, California, Ms. Arzani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of immigration law. Call (951) 683-0900 to learn how DACA can help you live the American dream.
President Obama launched DACA back in 2012. Since then, the program has faced several hurdles and governmental challenges. However, as of December 7th, 2020, DACA has been fully reinstated. Pursuant to a Court Order from the Honorable Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now directed to restore the DACA program.
The Court Order directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to display a public notice on relevant agency websites that DHS is now:
- Accepting first-time DACA requests;
- Accepting renewal DACA requests;
- Extending the duration of DACA and its accompanied employment authorization documents to two years.
The full text of the DHS public notice can be found here.
Additionally, the Court Order directed DHS to inform and notify all members of the DACA Class Action suit of this new directive. To learn more about the DACA Class Action lawsuit or to sign up for more information, please visit this web page.
Who Qualifies for DACA
An individual may request DACA protections if they meet the following criteria:
- Were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If you have traveled outside the United States, been arrested or convicted of a crime, or beenordered removed or deported, we strongly urge you to consult with an Attorney due to your underlying immigration consequences.
Benefits of Consulting with Nassim Arzani
Nassim Arzani not only has over 17 years of legal experience in immigration matters, but she is a Certified Specialist under the California State Bar. She can help you navigate your unique situation and recommend the best legal course of action in light of the recent reinstatement of DACA.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at (951) 683-0900, or email us at [email protected] – we are proud to address the immigration needs of Riverside, Los Angeles, and beyond. To get acquainted with Ms. Arzani and her vitally important work, please visit our blog.
Families were meant to stay together. DACA was ratified to help younger individuals fulfill their goals to become United States citizens, despite their legal status when they initially entered the country. Nassim Arzani is an expert in family-based immigration law. She will fight for you and your loved ones to ensure that you get the full array of legal protections that DACA provides.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. If you or someone you know entered the United States as a minor, you may qualify for DACA protections. Recipients may apply for advance parole travel documents and employment authorization, but most importantly: they can retain legal defense against the threat of deportation.