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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced a discretionary enforcement to exercise a policy made by the Obama Administration on June 15, 2012. This policy may benefit certain undocumented young students living in the United States. 

Guidelines for Requesting Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: 

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; 
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS); 
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012; 
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and; 
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. 

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