What Do I Need to Apply for DACA?
There has been lots of ups and downs with DACA. Thankfully, there is a lot more clarity now. First time or initial DACA applications can now be submitted to USCIS. In addition, USCIS is also accepting applications for advance parole. Although there is a current federal lawsuit pending, since Biden will be the next president, it is highly likely DACA will remain in place during his presidential term.
First Time DACA Applications – Who Can Apply?
In order to qualify for DACA, you have to prove eight things:
- You are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012. In other words, you were born after June 15, 1981.
- You are least 15 years old at the time of filing the DACA application.
- You came to the USA before you turned 16 years of age. If you came while you were already 16 years old, you are likely ineligible unless you previously entered the USA.
- You continuously resided in the USA since June 15, 2007 up to the present. Some minor exits may be okay, but if you’re unsure, contact us for a consultation at 559-387-4228.
- You were physically present in the USA on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for DACA.
- You were undocumented on June 15, 2012.
- You are currently in school, graduated high school, obtained a certificate of completion from high school, or obtained your GED.
- You have not been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor, or 3 or more non-significant misdemeanor offenses.
If you are unclear about any of these requirements, contact our office for a consultation at 559-387-4228.
Advance Parole for DACA
To qualify for advance parole, you must currently have DACA. You cannot include an advance parole application at the same time you file an initial, first time DACA application. Once your DACA is approved, then you can proceed with an advance parole application. The benefit of obtaining advance parole is that it can allow you to become a legal permanent resident here in the USA rather than the country where you were born.
There are only a handful of reasons that USCIS approves advance parole applications. The first reason is for humanitarian purposes, such as traveling to obtain medical treatment or visiting a funeral. The second reason is for education reasons. This may include a study abroad program. The third reason is for employment purposes. If you have overseas interviews trainings or meetings with clients, this may be a valid reason to apply.
If you were already granted DACA, then you should be able to renew your work permit. If you’re not sure how to renew your DACA, watch these videos here:
In addition, there are various nonprofit organizations that assist with DACA renewals. If you need help, contact a local nonprofit you trust.
If you’re not sure whether you may qualify, contact us to schedule a consultation at 559-387-4228.