If you entered the United States without lawful status or remained in the U.S. when your lawful status expired, you feel the daily stress of worrying that the life you’ve built here may be stripped away in an instant if you are detained and placed into removal proceedings. If you were brought here as a child, the threat of deportation can be devastating. You likely had no choice in coming to the U.S. unlawfully, and if you were brought here as a young child, the United States may be the only home you know.
Fortunately, the immigration system has a program for individuals without lawful status who came to the U.S. as children. This program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), defers the threat of deportation or removal for a renewable two-year period. Those who are eligible for the program and are granted DACA status may continue to reside in the U.S. and may even be able to lawfully work, open bank accounts, or obtain driver’s licenses in certain states.
DACA has multiple eligibility requirements. An individual wishing to apply for DACA status may need to assemble substantial supporting documentation to establish his or her eligibility for the program. Legal assistance from an experienced DACA attorney can ensure your application is complete and all your documentation is in order.
If you are considering applying for DACA, contact the Massachusetts immigration lawyers of Brooks Law today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. We can explain your options and walk you through the complex DACA application process.
DACA is a program that was established by executive order in 2012. Under DACA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses its discretionary authority not to pursue removal proceedings against certain individuals who came to the United States as children and who are currently residing in the U.S. without lawful status. DHS will defer action on removal proceedings for a renewable period of up to two years. Individuals with DACA status also receive authorization to work in the United States.
ADHS may grant DACA status to certain individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:
If you believe you meet all the eligibility criteria for DACA status, you may apply for DACA by submitting the following documentation:
You will also need to pay the filing fee of $465 with your application. Failing to submit necessary information or sufficient information to prove you meet each of the eligibility requirements could result in DACA status being delayed or denied.
A knowledgeable DACA immigration lawyer can ensure that your application has all the documentation and information required to establish your eligibility for DACA status. A lawyer can help you secure information such as your birth certificate from your home country, your education or military service records, your criminal records (if any), and proof that you meet DACA’s entry and residency requirements. If your application is denied, an attorney can advocate for you on appeal.
When you trust an immigration attorney from Brooks Law, you can have peace of mind knowing your DACA application is in the right hands. To learn more about how we can help in your particular situation, contact us now.
DACA status provides many benefits, including:
Unfortunately, DACA status does not grant lawful status, nor does it provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency or naturalization. You will need to speak with your attorney about next steps to understand the best way forward based on your circumstances.
If you lack lawful status here in the U.S. and believe you may be eligible for DACA, contact Brooks Law today to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Massachusetts immigration attorney. You shouldn’t have to spend another day with the uncertainty of deportation hanging over your head.
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