Despite the efforts that have been made to shut down Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program is back in effect and applications can be submitted, according to the GA immigration lawyers at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. Since June 15, 2012, the DACA program has been providing protection to certain immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from being placed into removal proceedings. In addition, the program has also allowed those who were placed under DACA protection to obtain authorization to work.
While there has been much confusion stemming around the DACA program, it is here to stay for now which means individuals who meet the following criteria outlined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can submit an application:
- They were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- They arrived in the U.S. before they reached their 16th
- They have resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, until present time.
- They were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time they submit their DACA application.
- They had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
- They must either be enrolled in school, graduated, or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or they must be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.
- They must be at least 15 years old, unless they are in removal proceedings or a final removal or voluntary departure order has been issued.
In addition to these requirements, the Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration also state that individuals must meet these requirements as well:
- Must not have been convicted of a felony crime, a “significant” misdemeanor crime, or three or more misdemeanor offenses.
- Must not pose as a risk or threat to national security or the safety of the public.
Applying for DACA
Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply for DACA by submitting Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to USCIS. There are certain documents that will also need to be submitted with Form I-821D to prove an individual meets all of USCIS’ criteria.
Hiring an Immigration Attorney in Atlanta to Help with the DACA Application Process
Because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does have a say in who is accepted into the DACA program, meaning they could deny someone who does meet the criteria outlined above, anyone looking to apply should consider retaining an Atlanta, GA immigration attorney to assist them with the process. An attorney such as those at Kuck | Baxter Immigration can help an individual throughout the entire DACA application process and can intervene if necessary, should their application be denied.
If an individual has DACA-related questions or concerns or would like help applying, they can contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration at 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350