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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals): A policy (not law), which defers the removal of certain eligible undocumented youth and allows them to apply for work authorization if granted. This expires and is renewable every 2 years. The cost is $465, each time it is renewed, and should be renewed 3 months prior to expiration date.


  1. Under the Age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

  2. Entered the United States before the age of 16;

  3. Have continuously resided in the country since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; physical presence in the US on June 15, 2012; entry without inspection or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;

  4. Currently in school, graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, obtained a GED certificate, or are an honorable discharged veteran of the armed forces/ coast guard;

  5. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, 3 or more misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

For more information on Deferred Action please visit: USCIS