Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

One of the most recent changes in U.S. immigration policy has caused a lot of excitement — and, understandably, confusion and even skepticism.

Ever since the Obama administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, immigrant communities throughout the United States have been wondering what it means for them and their children who are undocumented. Because DACA offers a very specific and limited set of protections, it is important to know what DACA can offer and what it does not.

Experienced Immigration Lawyers Helping People In Colorado Apply For DACA

As someone who has lived most of his or her life in the United States, you or your child is an American in every way possible — except under the eyes of the law. DACA can give you or your child some important additional security as you go about your lives here in the U.S.

First, it is important to remember that DACA does not grant legal status to someone, nor does it create a new path to lawful status or citizenship. What DACA does is establish that an applicant is a lowest priority case for immigration agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). In a nutshell, DACA is the government acknowledging that someone is a low risk, and that the government will allow that person to live his or her life without fear of being imminently deported.

One of the most important benefits of DACA is that it allows a successful applicant to be authorized to work in the U.S. for two years.

Learn If You Or Your Child Qualifies For DACA

Some of the basic requirements for qualifying for DACA are:

  • You came to the United States before your 16th birthday.
  • You entered the U.S. without inspection (or your lawful immigration status expired) before June 15, 2012.
  • You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012.
  • You have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors.

We can determine if you meet all the criteria for applying for DACA and, just as importantly, if it is in your best interests to apply. If so, we will guide you through every stage of the application process.

If you're still wondering why you should apply for DACA, learn more here or contact us for a consultation with one of our Longmont and Aurora DACA attorneys. Call 303-417-6370 or email us.