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What Are The Qualification for DACA?

fortunately, The Qualification for DACA was specifically passed to protect people who were illegally brought to the United States when they were children.

U.S. immigration policy and how immigration laws are passed and implemented in the United States is one area of great debate, and one side argues to allow the reasonable immigration of non-citizens to this country that was founded by immigrants themselves.

One such policy that was turned into law is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Barack Obama signed into law. The law allows qualifying individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States to receive certain benefits, including not being deported.

Qualification for DACA

One may qualify for DACA if you:

  1. Were 31 years old or younger as of June 15, 2012,
  2. Were brought or arrived in the United States before your 16th birthday,
  3. Have resided continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007, through the time you are filing your application,
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time you complete and submit your DACA application,
  5. Were in the U.S. without legal status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
  6. Are currently attending school, have graduated, or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, possess a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, a major misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and you do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Applying for Qualification for DACA

If you satisfy the requirements listed above, you may need to get legal help from an experienced DACA immigration lawyer who can guide you in gathering the required documentation to apply for DACA. Once the information and documentation are gathered, the lawyer will help you in filing your DACA application package.

Obtaining DACA Protections

Once your DACA application is approved, you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Social Security Card. If you had none before, you will be given a new Social Security Card with your unique Social Security number.
  • Driver’s License. You will be able to apply and obtain a driver’s license in most states, which will allow you to legally drive and get related benefits such as the driver’s license serving as your identity card.
  • Employment. As a DACA beneficiary, you will be given a work permit. In other words, you are authorized to work in the United States.
  • Establishing Your Legal Identity. With a driver’s license and Social Security Number, you will be able to establish your own legal identity. Therefore, it will allow you to open an account, or own a home.
  • Freedom from Deportation Worries. One of the biggest benefits of DACA is as a beneficiary. In other words, you will not have to worry about being deported from the U.S.

Consult with DACA Lawyers in Austin Today

If you have questions or need more information about DACA, contact the office of J. Sparks Law, PLLC, today and we will answer your questions or provide the information you need.