Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA Attorney
Sentelle Law is a Trusted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA Attorney in Frederick MD
Children who enter the country illegally with their parents are often unable to return to their country of origin due to safety concerns and language barriers, but do not have the documentation needed to successfully prepare for their future. DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a temporary solution for those in this situation.
In 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.
If you qualify for deferred action under DACA, it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney. The knowledge immigration law team at Sentelle Law can help.
Contact us to schedule a consultation about your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA immigration case. Spanish speaking services are available.
Experienced DACA Lawyer in Frederick MD
Sentelle Law is an Experienced DACA Law Office in Frederick MD
Sentelle Law proudly represents immigrant youth throughout their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA cases. DACA represents an opportunity for millions qualified young people to obtain temporary lawful status, work authorization, and other auxiliary benefits.
If an individual is approved for deferred action status, they receive protection from removal or deportation during the duration of the deferred action period, which can last for up to two years and can be renewed as long as the individual still meets the program’s requirements.
DACA is great opportunity for those who meet its requirements and for their families. DACA allows people to take a step toward legal residence, obtain a work permit, a driver’s license, and a Social Security number. You can also find scholarships and financial aid for college.
Contact the knowledgeable DACA attorneys and staff at Sentelle Law to schedule a consultation. Spanish Speaking services are available.
You may request DACA if you:
- 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.
Note that meeting all of these requirements does not guarantee that you will be immune from removal proceedings. USCIS ultimately decides whether or not a DACA application is granted, and even if you can check every box on the list, you could still be at risk of being removed from the United States.
Effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is:
- Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years; and
- Extending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years.
USCIS will take appropriate steps to provide evidence of the one-year extensions of deferred action and employment authorization documents under DACA to individuals who were issued documentation on or after July 28, 2020, with a one-year validity period under the defunct policy.
DHS will comply with the order while it remains in effect, but DHS may seek relief from the order.