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What is the age limit for DACA?

Texas—If an individual is considering applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and they live in Texas, they must be at least 15 years of age at the time they submit their request or under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.1 If an individual is under the age of 15 and is currently in removal proceedings, they may still qualify to apply for DACA but their parent or legal guardian should speak with a Texas immigration lawyer first.

 

What are some of the other requirements an individual must meet in order to apply for DACA?

 

Before an individual in Texas decides to apply for DACA, they need to be sure they meet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) eligibility criteria first as they wouldn’t want to pay the $495 filing fee only to have their request denied. Some of the requirements an individual must meet in addition to the age guidelines outlined above include:

  1. They must have lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up until the present time, according to USCIS. If an individual traveled outside of the U.S during this time, they should speak with a Texas immigration attorney to find out what effect this might have on their application.
  2. They were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, as well as when they submitted their request for DACA benefits.
  3. They had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
  4. They are attending school, graduated from school, or received their certificate of completion from high school.
  5. They do not have any of the following convictions on their record:
  • Felony
  • Significant misdemeanor
  • Three or more other misdemeanors
  1. They don’t “pose a threat to national security or public safety.”

 

If an individual has been convicted of a criminal offense and they aren’t sure if it will interfere with their ability to obtain DACA benefits, an immigration attorney can review the charges to determine if they should apply or would qualify for a different type of immigration benefit.

 

Contact a Texas Immigration Lawyer to Discuss DACA-Related Questions or Concerns

 

If an individual is looking for the answer to any of the following DACA-related questions or they have others that are not listed below, they should contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen for help:

  1. How does one apply for DACA?
  2. Is it necessary to hire an immigration lawyer when applying for DACA?
  3. What is the likelihood of a DACA application being approved?
  4. What if a DACA application is denied?

 

To get the answers to these questions or any others, individuals are encouraged to contact Texas immigration lawyer J. Joseph Cohen at 210-503-2800.

 

The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:

 

310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800

Website: www.jjosephcohen.com

 

Source:

  1. https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-of-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca
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