Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

***January 16, 2017 UPDATE ***

BREAKING NEWS: In response to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting DACA renewal applications. Read more here.

*** September 05, 2017 UPDATE ***

BREAKING NEWS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of the DACA program, to be phased out over the next 6 months. Read more here.

*** June 23, 2016 UPDATE ***

BREAKING NEWS: The expanded DACA program as well as the DAPA program for certain parents of U.S. citizen and permanent resident children are NOT IN EFFECT. The Supreme Court was deadlocked in the case, which allows the district court order blocking the program to stand. Read more here.

 *** February 18, 2015 UPDATE ***

The expanded DACA program will NOT go into effect today as originally announced. USCIS will not be accepting applications under the expanded DACA rules until further notice.

Applicants who are eligible for DACA under the original rules may continue to file their requests and renewals.

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which created a process through which certain individuals who came to the U.S. as children and meet certain requirements may request deferred action and work authorization for a period of two years. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced plans to expand the DACA program by making changes to certain eligibility requirements, but these expanded eligibility rules have been temporarily blocked by a federal judge pending ongoing litigation.

DACA is a temporary status and does not provide a path to a green card or citizenship.

The following are the CURRENT requirements effective as of February 18, 2015.:

  • Must be under age 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

How We Can Help

  • We assist you with completing the application, assembling evidence, and drafting a legal brief detailing your eligibility for DACA.
  • We assist you through the process of renewing DACA status.

We welcome you to contact the Brian M. Wang | Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP to schedule a consultation with an Albany immigration lawyer about how we may be of service in your immigration matter. Based in the Albany, NY Capital District area, we assist clients throughout New York, in all 50 states, and worldwide with United States immigration law.

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