En español. Although the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is temporarily on hold, the original law from 2012 is still in effect. If you are at least 15 years old and don’t have documents, you might qualify for DACA benefits NOW. Here are the guidelines to see if you are eligible.
You may request DACA if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously lived in the United States since June 15, 2007, until now;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time you apply for DACA;
- Had no lawful status on 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, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If you want to know if you qualify, we can help you! Call (309) 829-8703 on Mondays or Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to set up a $25 legal consultation with an immigration attorney at one of our offices in Normal or Champaign. Check our calendar for our upcoming DACA workshops in Normal.
For more information on DACA please visit the USCIS’ DACA page.