Things are looking up for those who are interested in applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those who are already receiving benefits. In December of 2020, a federal judge ordered the government to fully reinstate the DACA program which meant U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would have to begin accepting new DACA applications and applications for renewals.1 Then, in January 2021, the incoming Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs announced that federally backed mortgages would be extended to DACA recipients.2
What are FHA loans?
A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan is one that is insured by the FHA and is issued by an FHA-approved lender.3 Individuals with lower credit scores can still qualify for a loan so as long as they meet other requirements and are willing to put a certain percentage down on the home. FHA loans have been known to offer lower down payments and even lower closing costs, making it easier for an individual to purchase a home.4
In addition to these decisions, President Biden has also expressed his intent in keeping the program alive, despite former President Donald Trump’s multiple attempts to shut it down. With things moving in a positive direction for the DACA program, individuals who have yet to apply but believe they qualify for benefits are encouraged to contact an immigration lawyer who can assist them with the application process.
How long will USCIS be accepting DACA applications?
The answer to this is still unclear as there are lawmakers who are pushing to get the program rescinded. With that said, because USCIS is now accepting new DACA applications and applications for renewals, individuals who qualify should consider getting their applications submitted as soon as possible.
Because USCIS does approve applications on a case-by-case basis, individuals are encouraged to retain an Atlanta, GA immigration attorney to help them through the application process. From filling out the forms to gathering all the required documentation needed to show that the applicant meets USCIS’ eligibility requirements, an Atlanta immigration lawyer will handle it all.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration is Here to Help Individuals File a New or Renewal DACA Application
If an individual wants to apply for DACA, has a DACA-related question, or they are looking to apply for a different type of immigration benefit, the Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration are qualified to assist with it all. To schedule an initial consultation with an attorney and learn more about how this firm can help you with your DACA-related matter, contact them now at 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350