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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Attorneys in Arizona and Colorado
If you, a family member, or someone close to you is facing an immigration problem, there is support available. At Castañeda Law, we assist clients with immigration issues, including applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Contact us to talk about your situation, and let us tell you how our attorneys can help. Your initial consultation is free.
What is the DACA Program?
The Department of Homeland Security announced in 2012 that some people who arrived in the United States when they were children could request consideration of deterred action. Basically, the program allows a person to remain in the country, while being protected against removal for two years, and during any renewal period. It would also make you eligible for work authorization.
Who is Eligible for DACA?
The eligibility requirements for DACA are that you:
Were under 31 years of age at the time the program commenced (June 15, 2012).
Arrived in the U.S. when you were under 16.
Resided in the U.S. continuously between June 15, 2007 and the time of your DACA request.
Did not have lawful status in the U.S. as of June 15, 2012.
Are a student, or a graduate, or hold a certificate of completion from high school or G.E.D., or were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or the Coast Guard.
Have not been convicted of any felony, any “significant misdemeanor,” or three or more misdemeanors, and do not represent a threat to public safety or national security. A significant misdemeanor includes a number of offenses carrying a potential jail sentence of between 5 days and 1 year, such as domestic violence, burglary, sexual abuse, DUI or DWI, sale of or trafficking in drugs, and illegal possession or use of a firearm. Other misdemeanors may also be considered significant, depending upon the circumstances.
In addition to these requirements for eligibility, an applicant must be at least 15 years of age in order to request DACA. Finally, DACA is a “discretionary” act, and there is no guarantee that it will not be terminated at any time.
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