Immigrants whom arrived in the United States as children and were granted government protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also know as DACA, can now apply for another two years of safety in the U.S.Deputy secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said that DACA renewal applications are being sought now to ensure that immigrants already in the program do not fall out of status.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will immediately start accepting applications from the half-million immigrants already enrolled in the program.DACA is open to immigrants whom arrived in the US before the age of 16, were younger than 31 years old on June 15, 2012 and had been in the country since at least June 15, 2007 with no criminal history.
Eligible immigrants must also be attending school, have graduated from high school or earned a GED or served in the military.Since the programs inception in 2012 more than 560,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children but didn’t have legal status have been given permission to legally stay for two years. If you or your loved ones are currently enrolled in the program or are looking to become enrolled please call Colombo & Hurd today at (800) 549-5523 for a consultation. Our dedicated immigration attorneys will assist you in preparing your application.