Since December 2020, immigrants have been actively applying again for temporary protection from deportation and a renewable work permit that is granted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That came to a halt in July 2021 when Judge Hanen ruled that the program violated the law.
Unfortunately, the process had been slow, and only 1.5% of first-time applications had been approved at that point. Now, they are still waiting. Renewal applications are continuing to be processed in about 3-4 months.
President Biden is working to get the program unstuck. He proposed a new rule that would strengthen the program. It is pending approval now and should be finalized in early 2022. Get ready now to apply for the first time if you have not already done so.
How can you apply for DACA?
Are you an immigrant in the U.S. that wants to apply for the benefits and protections granted by the DACA program? First, you must:
- Have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Arrived in the U.S. before turning 16;
- Have continuously lived in the US since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the US on June 15, 2012;
- Have no lawful status (like a visa or green card);
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, it is NOT necessary to have ever attended high school in 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.
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