Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA was revised through President Obama’s executive action last week. Previously, a DACA applicant must have arrived in the US by June 2007 and must have been no more than 31 years old. Those provisions have been revised. So, who can apply now?
The adjusted requirements are these:
1. No age cap.
2. Must have been in the US by January 1st 2010.
The government will provide guidance and hopefully start accepting application in the Spring of 2015. The fee is likely to be $455.
What to do until guidance is released?
I suggest readers and potential applicants start gathering documentation to prove you have been in the US since January 1st 2010.
What is the benefit:
1. Will receive deferred action and will not be deported.
2. Will receive a work permit that should be valid for 3 years.
3. Can apply for a social security number.
It should be noted that the President really did try his best to give deferred action to the parents of DACA children, but the law is simply not in favor of that.
If you, your parent or anyone you know will be able to will benefit from deferred action, please ensure you write to your Congress Representative and Senator, even write to the White House thanking them for what they have done for you and your family. If you are in Washington State, I strongly recommend you write to Senator Murray’s office.
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