Executive Actions Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Due to a federal court order, USICS did not start accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned. The court's temporary injunction, issued February 16, does not affect the existing DACA program. However, it does mean that the implementation of DAPA as well as the DACA expansion programs are currently on hold. The court's decision does not affect existing DACA. Individuals may continue to apply for DACA or apply to renew their DACA under the 2012 guidelines. 

In August of 2012, the Obama Administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows individuals who entered the U.S. as children and who met other qualifications to obtain temporary lawful status and formally avoid removal from the United States.

• Entered the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday;
• Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 through the present;
• Were physically present with no lawful status in the U.S. on June 15, 2012;
• Have graduated from high school in the U.S., have obtained a GED certificate, are currently in school, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S., AND
• Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

In addition to meeting all of the above qualifications, individuals must be at least 15 years old to apply for Deferred Action and Employment Authorization. Individuals who are too young to apply will qualify when they turn 15 years old.

Since August of 2012, our firm has assisted many individuals in obtaining DACA status, which in turns allows individuals to obtain Social Security numbers and Wisconsin Driver’s licenses (if otherwise eligible). Once in DACA status, it is also possible to apply to travel internationally with a separate application for advance parole. In order to qualify for advance parole with DACA status, an individual must demonstrate a work, education, or humanitarian reason to travel.

We work hard to assist our clients in analyzing their case, looking broadly at the big picture of their current and future options for status, and finding creative solutions for evidence issues. We do our best to ensure that our client’s application for DACA are well-prepared, and are able to respond to any issues with USCIS quickly and effectively.