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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What Is D.A.C.A.?

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of three years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization.

 

These are the guidelines to apply for the first time:

 

Applicant moved to the United States before his 16th

 

Applicant has continuously resided in the United States for at least five years before the date of this memorandum, and is currently present in the United States on the date of this memorandum. The date of continuous residence in the U.S. for applicant, must have started before January 1, 2010.

Must be currently enrolled in school, or have graduated from secondary school (high school). Having obtained a certificate of general educational development (GED), or being a veteran who has been discharged with honors from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces from United States.

 

Applicant has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or poses a threat to national security or public safety.

 

Applicant is not over thirty years old

 

Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that successfully meet these requirements, will be eligible for deferred action.

 

Those interested who qualify with these requirements are encouraged to start gathering evidence and documentation needed to prove his (their) eligibility.

 

 

 

Examples of Documents to Submit to Demonstrate you meet the Guidelines:

 

Proof of Identity:

 

  • Passport or national identity document from your country of origin
  • Birth certificate with photo identification
  • School or military ID with photo
  • Any U.S. government immigration or other document bearing your name and photo

 

Proof you came to U.S. before your 16th birthday:

 

  • Passport with admission stamp
  • Form I-94/I-95/I-94W
  • School records from the U.S. schools you have attended
  • Any Immigration and Naturalization Service or DHS document stating your date of entry (Form I-862, Notice to Appear).
  • Travel records
  • Hospital or medical records
  • Employment records (pay stubs, W-2 Forms, etc.)
  • Official records from a religious entity confirming participation in a religious ceremony
  • Dated bank transactions
  • Automobile license receipts or registration
  • Deeds, mortgages, rental agreement contracts
  • Tax receipts, insurance policies

 

Proof of Immigration Status:

 

  • Form I-94/I-95/I-94W with authorized stay expiration date
  • Final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal issued as of June 15, 2012
  • A charging document placing you into removal proceedings

 

Proof you continuously resided in U.S. since January 1, 2010:

 

  • Rent receipts or utility bills
  • Employment records (pay stubs, W-2 Forms, etc.)
  • School records (letters, report cards, etc.)
  • Military records (Form DD-214 or NGB Form 22)
  • Official records from a religious entity confirming participation in a religious ceremony
  • Copies of money order receipts for money sent in or out of the country
  • Passport entries
  • Birth certificates of children born in the U.S.
  • Dated bank transactions
  • Automobile license receipts or registration
  • Deeds, mortgages, rental agreement contracts
  • Tax receipts, insurance policies

 

Proof of your student status at the time of requesting DACA:

 

  • Official records (transcripts, report cards, etc.…) from the school that you are currently attending in the United States.
  • S. high school diploma or certificate of completion
  • S. GED certificate

 

Proof you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States:

 

  • Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • NGB Form 22, National Guard Report of Separation and Record of Service
  • Military personnel records
  • Military health records

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