What are the Requirements for DACA?
Over the last six months, many, many clients have come to our office inquiring about Deferred Action and the Dream Act. Somebody recently asked me if the Dream Act was approved. The answer is no, the Dream Act was not approved. However, a very important program called Deferred Action, the acronym is DACA, has been in place since 2012. Some of the prerequisites to qualify for DACA are:
- Someone has to have entered the US before the age of 16.
- Someone has to have been 31 and under at the time they are applying for DACA.
- Someone has to be able to demonstrate that they either have a high school diploma or they are currently enrolled in school.
Likewise, someone cannot have been convicted of a serious misdemeanor or a felony. There is also a residency requirement; someone has to show that they entered the US prior to June, 2007. Those are the major requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the main benefit is that they individuals will receive a two year work permit and it was amended to be a three-year employer authorization document. With this document, a person is able to obtain a lawful Social Security Number and a driver’s license.