On June 15th, 2012 Janet Napolitano announced a discretionary enforcement to exercise a policy made by the Obama Administration. This Policy can benefit certain undocumented immigrant youth living in the United States who meet the guidelines established by USCIS. DACA can grant relief from deportation, work authorization. It’s a 2 year program with subject to renewal.
On September 2017 the Trump administration announced that it will rescind the DACA program. Since then various immigration advocacy groups have been fighting this decision and are pushing for the program to be reinstated. At the moment no new applications are being process, current recipients can still renew their DACA.
Guidelines for requesting Consideration for Childhood Arrivals:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS);
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, 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, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
This information can be found in the USCIS website: https://www.uscis.gov/i-765
The resource center can refer you to legal help for first time applicants and renewals.