Finally! DACA is restored to its original form. What does this mean for you?
- If you are eligible, but have never received DACA, you can apply for the first time
- Advance Parole (travel permits) are an option for DACA recipients
- Any DACA recipient who received a 1-year renewal of their benefit should automatically have their protections extended to two years
This week, after a U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ordered USCIS to restore the DACA program, the agency finally published guidelines allowing new applications to be submitted. This is a monumental change for DACA-eligible immigrants, and means that new applications will be accepted by USCIS for the first time in more than 3 years.
Those who meet the following requirements may apply for DACA for the first time:
- Are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012
- Came to the United States before their 16th birthday
- Have continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 until now
- Entered the United States without inspection or fell out of lawful status before June 15, 2012
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces
- Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety
If you have a criminal history, it doesn’t mean you are automatically disqualified, but you should definitely seek legal help before applying!
Do not miss this opportunity! Call our office at us today to discuss your case!