DACA Attorneys in Chicago
Helping Clients Seek DACA Benefits
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal program implemented in 2012 to protect eligible young undocumented individuals who entered the United States as minors from removal. This federal program could impact your immigration goals, so it is important to be aware of its rules and limitations.
Speak with one of our experienced Chicago attorneys at Borjas Law Group, LLC. today and find out how receiving DACA could help you accomplish your immigration goals in the U.S. Our DACA immigration lawyers have the experience you need to help you get where you want to be.
Deferred Action Green Card
DACA does not grant permanent resident status (“green card”) and it is not a permanent benefit. However, DACA beneficiaries receive employment authorization and some may receive a travel permit on a limited basis.
DACA is an invaluable immigration benefit for those facing removal proceedings or for those in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).
Determining Eligibility for DACA
Undocumented individuals seeking DACA benefits must meet a set of eligibility requirements.
You may request DACA if you:
- Have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Have come to the U.S. before turning 16
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Have been physically present in the U.S. since 15, 2012
- Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged U.S. veteran
- Not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three other misdemeanors
- Not post a threat to national security or public safety
If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible for protection from removal under DACA.
To renew DACA, you must meet all of the above requirements in addition to the following:
- Did not leave the United States on or after August 15th, 2012 in the absence of advance parole
- Resided in the United States for a continuous period of time since the last request was submitted
- Has not been convicted of a felony, any significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors
Borjas Law Group, LLC. can also help if you are currently a DREAMer and need to renew your DACA status.
Our team of Chicago attorneys has experience:
- Filing Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Renewing applications for existing DACA recipients
- Submitting applications for permits for travel outside of the United States based on DACA
- Determining if existing DACA recipients may also qualify for other immigration benefits in the U.S., such as immigrant visas and permanent resident status (“green card”) based on family ties in the U.S.
If you need to renew your DACA benefits, you can do so online through the USCIS website! As of right now, it is important to file for renewal before your current benefits expire to be classified as a renewal. Based on a ruling by a Texas judge, only renewals are accepted at this time. If you try to apply after they have expired, you will be considered a first-time applicant. Although first-time applications are accepted, they are not being processed.