On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a law calling for the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), that means for undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children and who have since pursued education or military service. The law is commonly referred to as ‘The Dream Act,’ and those who qualify are referred to as ‘Dreamers.’ Below you will find information on which individuals qualify to apply for DACA and which benefits DACA recipients enjoy.
Benefits of DACA:
- Confirmation of “Deferred Action” status, which means that a DACA recipient has the right to live in the United States for the two-year period for which DACA was granted
- Permission to apply for a work permit (employment authorization document)
- Possibility to avoid accruing “unlawful presence” in the United States if DACA was granted before the recipient turned 18
- Possibility to enroll in the U.S. military through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program
- Possibility to renew DACA after the initial two-year period
- Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Arrived in the United States under 16 years of age
- Have continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007, to the present
- Were in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the DACA request
- No lawful status on June 15, 2012, which means entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or had lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety
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