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Most Americans agree that DREAMers deserve protection in the United States. The DACA program was initiated in 2012 by President Obama to protect qualifying individuals brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. President Trump, through his administration, announced an end to the DACA program in 2017. However, due to litigation in many federal courts, much of the program has now been revived. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently been ordered by a federal court to fully reinstate DACA in pre-2017 form.
Who Is Covered Under DACA?
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) covers immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, specifically those who arrived before the age of sixteen. Applicants under 15 may apply if they are in deportation proceedings, but have not been detained. They are able to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action from deportation and may become eligible for a work permit.
If you are currently protected from deportation through DACA and need to renew your status, or if you are a DREAMer who needs to apply for DACA for the first time, turn to J. Sparks Law, PLLC for help. Our DACA attorneys in Austin have an in-depth understanding of the program and have kept up-to-date with its continuing changes. Our firm is dedicated solely to immigration law, so you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
The limitations to DACA imposed by the Trump administration have been superseded by a federal court. The original eligibility requirements are back in place for first-time applicants.
Current DACA Recipients
- Can continue to apply for renewal (up to 2 years from 1)
- Renewal fee stays at $495, but may rise in upcoming months
- Protections and benefits via DACA will continue
New DACA Applicants: How to Qualify
- You were in the U.S. before you turned 16
- You were younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012
- You've been living in the U.S. without leaving since June 15, 2007
- You were undocumented and in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- You have a high school diploma, GED, are enrolled in school, or have an honorable discharge from the military
- You don't have a criminal record with felonies or a disqualifying misdemeanor
- You are now at least 15 years old
Have more questions? Call (512) 900-4774 to speak with a DACA attorney in Austin.
What is the Purpose of DACA?
The DACA program provides relief from deportation. It also grants eligibility to obtain work permits and allows you to obtain a Social Security number. The program, however, grants its benefits for a period of two years only, and then the grant of DACA and the accompanying work permit must be renewed.
How to Renew
Not everyone is eligible to renew their DACA status. You may request one if you meet guidelines.
To renew your status, you must:
- Have lived in this country continuously since your last approved request
- Not have committed a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors of any kind
- Not present a threat to national security
It is important to submit your renewal request well before the expiration of your work permit; you should discuss this with our DACA attorneys, who can advise you on this matter.
J. Sparks Law, PLLC Is Here to Help
Because of all the uncertainty and litigation surrounding the DACA program, you may have questions and concerns about your future. We understand the difficulties and anxiety you may be facing in regards to your DACA status. Our firm is here to provide the legal support you need, to listen to your questions, and to find honest solutions that can help you be prepared and plan ahead.
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