Phoenix DACA Immigration Attorney
Ready to Help You Work & Ensure You Are Protected from Deportation
Established by President Barack Obama in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants – who are commonly known as Dreamers – who entered the United States as children. The program allows them to apply for a work permit that lasts for two years, driver’s license, and social security number.
Although the Trump Administration had repeatedly attempted to terminate the program, President Joe Biden issued a memorandum on January 20, 2021, directing the Homeland Security Secretary – in consultation with the Attorney General – to take lawful and necessary action to “preserve and fortify” DACA.
Whether you are interested in enrolling in the DACA program or renewing your work permit in Arizona, do not hesitate to let Kanu & Associates help you achieve your immigration goals. With more than 15 years of experience, our Phoenix DACA lawyer can ensure you complete the necessary forms, all your paperwork is correct, and obtain the results you desire.
If you or a loved one is interested in DACA, speak with us by calling (602) 353-7795 today.
How to Apply to DACA
Due to a federal court ruling on December 4, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting both initial and renewal requests for deferred action under DACA, including requests from those who have never enrolled in the program. The DACA policy will be operated according to the conditions in place prior to September 5, 2017, when the program was rescinded.
The following are the requirements DACA applicants must meet:
- Unlawfully entered the U.S. before their turning 16 years of age
- Have continuously lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Were under 31 years old on June 15, 2012 (born on June 16, 1981 or after)
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, currently enrolled in school, or have been honorably discharged from the military
- Have not been convicted of a serious misdemeanor or felony, or three or more misdemeanors, and are not a threat to public safety or national security
If you are applying for the first time, you need to complete Form I-821D (“Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”) and Form I-765 (“Application for Employment Authorization Document”), mail the forms and associated fees to the USCIS, and schedule and attend a biometrics appointment at a local USCIS Application Support Center. You will also need supporting documents to prove your identity, if you entered the U.S. before turning 16, established residence before turning 16, and other conditions.
If you are renewing your current DACA, you must complete and sign Form I-821D and Form I-765 at least 120 days before your current DACA expires. You must make sure you did not leave the country on or after August 12, 2012 without a valid travel document (Form I-131), you continuously lived in the U.S. since being approved for DACA, and you have not been convicted of three or more misdemeanors, a serious misdemeanor, or a felony.
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Approximately 1.8 million people are eligible for the DACA program, so do not miss your opportunity to legally work and live in the United States. Let our firm help you avoid deportation and ensure you continue living the American dream.