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What is DACA?

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Current DACA-Updates

  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has resumed reviewing renewal requests for those who previously put action on hold. Continue reading .
  • The renewal policy will operate under the conditions that existed before it was terminated on September 5, 2017.

What is DACA?

  • DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Established in 2012 by President Barack Obama, DACA enables undocumented persons who entered the United States as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action or protection from deportation. Some undocumented students in Columbia and other colleges and universities in the United States have DACA status.
  • DACA enables beneficiaries to complete or complete their education, work, obtain driver's licenses and social security numbers, and build a personal credit history. It also enables undocumented people to leave and re-enter the country.
  • The DACA status offers protection against deportation. The program currently remains in place.
  • The US federal government grants DACA status on a case-by-case basis. It is not a step towards obtaining permanent residence or citizenship. (See What is the dream act? )

What does it mean to be undocumented?

Individuals can be considered undocumented if

  • You entered the United States on a valid visa or other legal status, but your immigration status has expired;
  • They applied for entry or residence in the United States, but were denied permission;
  • They have not sought legal status to remain in the United States.

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Who can get DACA status?

Undocumented individuals living in the United States must demonstrate the following criteria to be eligible for DACA:

  1. Were under 31 on June 15, 2012 (born June 16, 1981 or later)
  2. came to the US before her 16th birthday
  3. have resided in the United States since at least June 15, 2007 to date
  4. were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time the US Citizenship and Immigration Services request postponed action
  5. had no legal status on June 15, 2012
  6. are currently in school, have a degree or certificate of graduation, received a GED certificate, or are a discharged U.S. Forces or Coast Guard veteran
  7. Have not been convicted of a crime, a serious misdemeanor, or three or more other offenses
  8. are at least 15 years old, unless they are currently in an eviction procedure or have a final eviction or voluntary departure order

For those with DACA, it can take four to eight months to submit the required forms to obtain a work permit card.

What is the DREAM law? Who are DREAMers?

DREAM stands for development, aid and education for foreign minors. The DREAM Act was a non-partisan law proposed in 2001 to grant conditional and possibly permanent residence permits to undocumented persons who meet various set requirements.

The term DREAMer was used to describe undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children, lived and attended school in the United States, and identified themselves as US citizens.

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