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Other Forms of Relief besides Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 15, 2012, Obama announced a policy change called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which wouldstop the deportation of some youth and provide them with work authorization. However, Deferred Action does not putyou on a path to citizenship. There are different types of visas, and other forms of relief, besides Deferred Action forChildhood Arrivals (DACA). Here is a brief overview of some visas and links to the USCIS website where you can get moreinformation. If you think you may qualify for any of these and need help, feel free to contact us.
To be eligible for DACA:Age
You must be 15-30 years old to apply.
DHS has indicated that those who were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012 (the date of the President’s
announcement) will most likely be able to apply.You must have arrived in the U.S. before you turned 16.In addition, DHS has indicated that this protection will be available to youth under 15 years old if they are inremoval proceedings.
In order to apply, you must be continuously present in the U.S. for a minimum of 5 years.You must have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.
Education or military service
At least one of the following must be true in order for you to apply:
You are currently in high schoolYou have earned a GED or high school diplomaYou have been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces.We have recently learned that you do not need to have earned your GED by the June 15 announcement date. Thismeans that even if you are not currently pursuing your education, you can earn your GED now and apply in the future.
Clear criminal record (a criminal background check will be required)
Any one of the following will make you
for Deferred Action:felonysignificant misdemeanorthree or more misdemeanors of any kindIf you are considered a threat to national security or public safety, you are not eligible and are at increased risk forremoval.