Immigration policy continues to be a hot topic at the border. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 by the Obama Administration to provide limited rights to children brought across the border illegally. The program has helped over 900,000 people go to school or work while in the United States. Over the past decade, the program has experienced changes, leaving many confused about the current status of DACA.
Who is eligible for DACA?
To be eligible for DACA, the individual:
- must have entered the states while under the age of 16 and before June 15, 2007;
- be under the age 0f 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- be currently enrolled in school, have completed high school (or equivalent), or be a veteran;
- have no lawful citizenship status as of June 15, 2012.
What do DACA recipients receive?
DACA recipients receive a very limited list of rights:
- They may remain in the United States while their status is valid.
- A work permit.
DACA recipients are not eligible to receive government-funded benefits, nor are they entered on a track toward obtaining citizenship. The status is valid for two years.
New applications for DACA are closed.
Currently, the U.S. government is not processing first-time DACA applications.
Existing DACA recipients may renew their statuses.
No DACA status has been revoked, so individuals may apply to renew their statuses. As of September 30, 2022, approximately 589,000 DACA recipients were in the United States. Most live in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida.
To be eligible to renew DACA status, the individual must:
Have a current DACA status or have had it in the past.
If their DACA status expired, it must not have expired more than one year ago.
The individual has lived in the U.S. continuously since the most recently approved DACA status.
The individual hasn’t left the U.S. since their initial application was approved without receiving advance parole.
The individual has not been charged with a felony, significant misdemeanor, or certain other misdemeanors.
DACA recipients need accurate, legal translation services to renew their statuses.
DACA recipients must complete several forms and submit official documentation to renew their statuses. If any of these documents are in a foreign language or the recipient does not speak English, those documents will need to be translated by a qualified translator.
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