June 15th, 2021, marks nine years since President Barack Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that grants work permits to individuals who arrived in the US illegally as long as they have no criminal record and arrived to the US before the age of 16.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the DACA Program has shielded about 636,000 individuals and has granted a two-year work permit, deferrals from deportation, access to health insurance and a driver’s license to immigrants.
How to Apply for DACA in the first time in 2021
According to the Immigration Advocates Network National Immigration Legal Services Directory, individuals applying to DACA for the first time include
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- Came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 until the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of applying for DACA with USCIS;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school (including adult school or vocational programs), 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; and
- 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 to Renew DACA status:
USCIS states that those looking to renew their DACA status must meet the following criteria:
- Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If an Atlanta based individual files after the DACA period expired, an Immigration attorney may be able to help your case. The lawyers at Kuck | Baxter Immigration would be happy to help and we are ready to fight for your status and peace of mind!
To get connected with an experienced immigration lawyer in the Atlanta, GA area, simply call Kuck | Baxter Immigration at 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
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