“There are many reasons why immigrants should become citizens. The main benefit, is getting a job – or getting a higher paying job.”
DACA: Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would not deport certain undocumented persons who entered the U.S. as children. Deferred action means that, even though the individual is undocumented and subject to deportation, the government agrees to “defer” any actions to remove them. So, in essence, even though deferred action does not provide a pathway to getting lawful permanent resident status (a green card) or citizenship, it will allow young people to remain in the U.S. and apply for a work authorization document from the government that entitles them to legally work in the U.S. Requests for Deferred Action will be decided on a case-by-case basis, and applicants must pass a background check before they can receive deferred action.
In order to be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals, applicants must submit evidence, including support documents, showing that they:
- 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;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of 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, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
USCIS retains the ultimate discretion on whether deferred action is appropriate in any given case.
KWA Can Help!
Korean Women’s Association can assist you by determining your eligibility for DACA, preparing the application and reviewing all the supporting evidence as well as helping you renew your DACA.