The Department of Homeland Security released guidelines and updated forms for DACA renewals today. The first DACA approvals are set to expire in September 2014. USCIS will begin accepting renewal applications immediately and the agency recommends individuals renew their status 4 months before it expires. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a form of proprietorial discretion that was implemented by President Barack Obama in 2012. Individuals with DACA will not be put into removal proceedings, they can stay in the United States and receive a work permit. In the last 2 years, over half a million individuals have received DACA.
To be eligible for DACA, you must meet the following criteria:
- 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 USCIS;
- Had no lawful status on 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,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
For more information about DACA, go to the USCIS website.