USCIS announced on December 7, 2020 that it is accepting DACA applications again. Call 312-704-8000 for a free consultation with Chicago Immigration Advocates to ensure you meet the requirements. We can file your application promptly.
Basic DACA Requirements
You need to meet the following main requirements for DACA in 2020: (1) you entered the United States prior to your 16th birthday, (2) you were born on or after June 16, 1981, and (3) you completed high school. If you did not complete high school, you must have a GED equivalent degree or currently be enrolled in a GED program. Also, you cannot have serious criminal convictions, such as a felony or three or more misdemeanors. The government filing fee is $495.
Besides some of the more basic requirements for DACA stated above, you must have resided in the United States since June 15, 2007. You also must have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012. Lastly, you must have not had legal status on June 15, 2012. For example, this means that you were not a legal permanent resident at the time and since lost your status.
Benefits of DACA 2020
DACA provides relief from removal (if in immigration proceedings) and work authorization. DACA also permits you to leave the U.S. on advance parole if there is an emergency situation in your home country. Work authorization entitles a DACA recipient to apply for a social security number. When you obtain a social security number, you can work legally, apply to enroll in school, apply for loans, etc.
Impact of Criminal Convictions
An arrest is not a negative factor unless you were convicted. If you have any criminal convictions, however, it is advisable to speak with us to ensure you meet the criminal requirements for DACA.
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