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What is a DACA consideration?

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Immigration

If you are an immigrant, you may feel worried and stressed about getting into a situation that makes you vulnerable to deportation, mainly when lacking proper documentation. Still, you might not be on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) priority list if you entered the country as a child and stayed since then.

Without any real reason to consider you a threat to national security, you could have options to remain and work in the country lawfully, such as through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). If the DHS considers you for DACA, you can stay in the country and become eligible for employment authorization as long as you renew every two years.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for DACA, you must have entered the country as a child and meet other vital conditions, including the following:

  • You were under 16 years old when you came into the country
  • You stayed in the country since June 15, 2007, until filing your DACA request in person
  • You did not have a lawful immigration status since June 15, 2012, until filing your request
  • You attend school or have completed high school
  • Your criminal history proves that you are not a public safety or national security threat

Other criteria could apply based on your circumstances, such as whether you are a veteran or have met other age requirements appropriately.

Understanding visa options for employment

DACA consideration is a typical option for undocumented individuals who want to stay and work in the country, but it may not be an ideal solution. Employment visas could be more appropriate if your circumstances involve other factors, considering your documentation requirements. When needing clarification about these arrangements, consider seeking legal counsel. Experienced guidance could help clarify your situation and address your worries about deportation.