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DACA Requirments


  1. Under age 16 at the time of entry into the United States; 

  2. under age 31 on June 15, 2012; 

  3. continuous residence in the United States for at least five years before June 15, 2012 (that is, since June 15, 2007);

  4. physical presence in the United States on June 15, 2012,

  5. and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action; 

  6. not in lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;

  7. not convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and not otherwise a threat to national security or public safety; and

  8. in school, graduated from high school or obtained general education development certificate, or honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or the Coast Guard. In addition, an individual must be at least age 15 to request DACA, unless he or she is in removal proceedings or has a final removal order or voluntary departure order.

We will examine all the criteria in more detail on other pages, in addition to the types of petitions and applications for Dreamers outlined below:

  1. New DACA Petitions;

  2. Renewals; and

  3. Early Parole

Before applying for any immigration benefit, first talk with a trusted legal advisor or ask us. This is worth doing to verify eligibility and receive guidance on preparing a strong application, but also to understand all legal options on the table.  Over 1 in 5 DACA applicants who consulted an expert were eligible for a permanent immigration status they would have never known about according to one study.

National Immigration Attorneys would love to assist you but if you do not seek our help seek that of another legal professional. When our toilet breaks at National Immigration Attorneys we call the plumber because we can make the problem much worse. The same is true for everyone who is reading this that is not a lawyer and trying to navigate these waters without any collaboration is extremely reckless.

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