Children who arrive in Indianapolis, IN looking to remain in the U.S. may be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals. Most immigrants who arrive and pose as a threat to national security or are a risk to public safety are the ones who the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are truly focused on which means they don’t expend their enforcement resources on low priority cases most of the time.

Individuals who meet the following guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) and can do so for a period of two years. Once those two years have expired, they are subject to a renewal of a period of two years and may be granted permission to seek employment.

Some of the guidelines an individual must have be considered for DACA include:

  • The individual was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  • They came to the U.S. before their 16th
  • Have resided in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007.
  • Must have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 as well as during the time they requested to be considered for deferred action with the USCIS.
  • They didn’t hold a lawful status on June 15, 2012. A lawful status means they had a lawful immigration status or parole.
  • The individual attended a school or graduated from one and/or received a certificate of completion from high school or a GED. If they are an honorably discharged veteran or served in the armed forces the may use this to be considered.
  • They may not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and must not pose as a threat to the country or public safety.


Bear in mind that when an immigrant’s case is being deferred for consideration, they are not to be considered unlawfully present in the U.S.


Becoming more aware of what rights you have as an immigrant looking to be considered for DACA as well as what the process entails for you to do so is extremely important. Our immigration and deportation attorneys located in Indianapolis, IN are available to provide you the answers you might be seeking as well as the guidance that can get you through this process.


Resources the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) Provides


With technology developing at the fast rate it has, there are many things you can accomplish using the online resources the USCIS provides to you. Some of those resources are provided below for your convenience:

  1. Gain access to useful immigration information by using the myUSCIS Here you have the ability to:
  • practice the civics test
  • locate a class
  • become informed on what options you have as an immigrant
  • find a doctor
  • get answers to some of the questions you have by using the help center,


  1. Check the status of your case by clicking here. You will need to enter your receipt number before your status can be revealed.
  2. Learn about case processing times for USCIS.
  3. Use INFOPASS to schedule an appointment at your field office which is located at:

1099 North Meridian Street
10th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204


  1. Click here to submit an online request regarding your case.


While the USCIS site has a lot to offer to immigrants living in the U.S. or those who are inquiring about how they can become a citizen here in Indianapolis, IN, our immigration lawyers in Indianapolis can sit down with you one-on-one and discuss the matter you are currently dealing with. Immigration processes can time a significant period of time and it is best that you have a professional who has the time available to help you get whatever it is you are wanting to get accomplished.