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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

What is Deferred Action for Child Arrivals?

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals is a program created in 2012 during the Obama Administration.  It allows hundreds of thousands of immigrants, brought to the US illegally as children, to remain in the country.  Recipients of the program cannot have serious criminal histories and must have arrived in the US before 2007.  Further, they must pay a fee every two years to live and work in the US.  Recipients are also ineligible for public assistance programs.

The Trump Administration has recently announced that the executive is rescinding the program.

Criteria for Eligibility

Quoted from Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from the USCIS:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. 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;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. 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
  7. 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.

Forms for Eligibility

An applicant must fill out these three forms for eligibility in the program:

The fees total $495, a $410 fee for Form I-765 and a biometric services fee of $85.