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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA

U.S. Immigration Attorneys Assist with DACA Requests

Virginia Law Firm Has Practiced Immigration Law for Over Two Decades

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, and are also eligible for work authorization. This policy is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

DACA Guidelines

An immigrant may request DACA if he:

  • Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the U.S. before his 16th birthday
  • Is now at least 15 years old or older, unless currently in removal proceedings or has a final removal or voluntary departure order
  • Has continually resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present
  • Was physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making the request for deferred action
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
  • Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from a high school, has obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard or Armed Forces
  • Has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors
  • Does not pose a threat to national security or public safety

If you meet the above guidelines, you will need to complete certain requirements to make your request to the USCIS, including gathering the appropriate documentation, filling out the correct forms, and paying the required fees.

For assistance with DACA requests and all matters involving U.S. immigration, contact attorneys who have been practicing in this area of law for more than 25 years – Bhagat & Associates. Contact our firm online or call 703-574-2815 to schedule your initial consultation. For your convenience, our attorneys and staff speak Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Spanish and Arabic. Please call today.