Santa Ana DACA Attorneys
Are You Living in the U.S. without Documentation?
On June 15, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order that established an immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy uniquely benefits those who came to the U.S. before June 15, 2007, without documentation or overstayed their Visas as minor children and as a result of their parents’ actions.
Under DACA, individuals can receive deferred action whether or not they are involved in deportation or removal proceedings. Once deferred action is affirmed, the individual can apply for employment authorization and is considered legally present within the U.S. If you were brought into the country as a child without proper documentation and need protection against removal and deportation, our DACA attorneys in Santa Ana can help. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about filing for DACA and other legal options that may be available to you.
Who Can Qualify for DACA?
If you are seeking deferred action so that you can confidently live and work in the U.S. until you can apply for a Green Card or U.S. citizenship, you may be eligible if you meet some very specific criteria.
Successful DACA applications must first meet the following requirements:
- On June 15, 2012, you were younger than 31 years old.
- When you entered the U.S., you were younger than 16 years old.
- You continuously lived in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, until the present.
- You entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or have been staying in the U.S. on an expired visa if that visa expired as of June 15, 2012.
- You were physically within U.S. borders on June 15, 2012.
- You are currently within U.S. borders when you apply for deferred action.
- You are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or were honorably discharged from the military.
- You have never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
If all of the above apply to you, you may qualify for deferred action. Learn more about the application process and what to expect by consulting with one of our Santa Ana DACA attorneys at U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP.
Are There Risks to Applying for DACA?
Applying for DACA reveals your immigration status, so you can be arrested and placed in removal and deportation proceedings if USCIS or ICE finds that you do not qualify for deferred action and are not lawfully within U.S. borders. Always consult with an attorney, like our DACA lawyers in Santa Ana, before you apply!
What Are the Benefits of Deferred Action?
If you are approved for deferred action, you may lawfully work within the U.S., you are protected from deportation, you stop accumulating unlawful presence, and you may apply for advance parole, which allows you to travel outside of the U.S. for work-related reasons or educational reasons.
Do I Get a Green Card If I’m Approved for DACA?
Unfortunately, deferred action doesn’t mean you get a Green Card or are placed on a path toward U.S. citizenship. However, having DACA may improve your chances of legalizing your status should you marry or should significant legislation passes such as the DREAM Act. It means that you can legally live and work within the U.S. if you unlawfully crossed the U.S. border or stayed in the country on an expired visa as a result of your parents’ actions.
How Do I Apply for DACA?
Our DACA attorneys in Santa Ana can walk you through each step of this important legal process. We at U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP are proud to help those seeking deferred action reach toward an opportunity to live and work within the U.S. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help.
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