On November 16, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released data on the applications received for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The report shows the following:
DACA was announced to the public on June 15, 2012, when President Obama and the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the U.S. as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Unlike the DREAM Act (which Congress has still failed to enact), DACA does not provide an individual with permanent residence nor is it a pathway to citizenship.
A person may apply for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if he or she
Benefits of deferred action include deferral of removal action, temporary employment authorization, the ability to apply for a social security number (and often driver’s licenses), and, likely in the future, the ability to request an advance parole travel document for those with a compelling need to travel outside the United States for reasons related to a current employment, education, or humanitarian purpose.
If you are interested in a consultation regarding your eligibility for DACA consideration, contact our immigration attorneys at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.