Immigration is dominating headlines at the moment, and individuals facing concerns regarding status, visa applications and threats of deportation may be fearful and overwhelmed. If you came to the United States and to Colorado as a child along with your parents, it is understandable that you may have serious fears regarding what could happen to you and your family.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012, allowing children of immigrants to have a measure of security regarding their own statuses. If you are one of these individuals, you need to know what this program means for you and how you can protect your rights if you currently face complications.
Guidelines for DACA
As a person who has spent most of his or her life in the United States, you are essentially American in most ways. This program acknowledges your unique situation, and offers those who meet guidelines a deferral on removal action against them. DACA does not grant legal status, but it does allow a person to live his or her life without fear of imminent deportation. Individuals who meet the following requirements may be eligible for DACA:
- Came to the United State before his or her 16th birthday
- Continual resident of the United States since June of 2007
- Currently in school, graduated or have certificate of completion or a GED
- Honorably discharged from service from the United States Coast Guard or Armed Forces
- Never convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more minor misdemeanors
- Is not a threat to national security or public safety
These are just some of the criteria for applying for DACA. Applying for this and protecting your rights is of utmost importance to your future, while immigration matters are complex and potentially overwhelming, it is not a process that you have to walk through alone.
When much is at stake, experience counts
Immigration matters are grave legal concerns, and it is more important than ever to deal with these issues appropriately and effectively. You will find great benefit in securing the assistance of an attorney who can help you understand your options and determine if you should move forward in your application for DACA.
As a person who has lived most of his or her life in the U.S., you have the right to protect your interests and work to stay in the country by whatever options may be available to you. If you have questions, concerns or face any immigration concern, a case evaluation with a legal ally is a good place to start.