DACA has been reinstated and the government is once again accepting first time applicants to the program. In addition, those individuals who were previously granted benefits under the DACA program may now have their employment authorization documents (EADs) extended to two years. DACA holders previously issued EADs valid for only one year will have their authorizations extended for two years. The government will take steps to provide evidence of this two-year extension to those with one-year authorizations.
Advanced Parole is once again available to DACA beneficiaries, meaning you can now apply for permission to travel outside the U.S. and return through a port of entry.
In order to be eligible for DACA, you must:
- Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Have come to the U.S. before the age of 16;
- Have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time you submit your application for DACA to USCIS;
- Had no lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
- Be currently enrolled in school, have graduated, or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.; and
- Not have 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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If you have questions about how these rules may affect you, please contact our office.