Who Qualifies for DACA? a Mid-2022 Overview

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Have you been wondering whether or not you qualify for DACA? Does it seem as if the qualifications for who does and does not qualify are overly complex? That’s perfectly understandable. The qualification requirements change often, which can make it challenging for even the most diligent to stay on top. We can help. A DACA immigration lawyer from the Rijal Law Firm can help you along your way immigration journey in the best possible way for your situation. 

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DACA Guidelines for Age and Location 

For one, you just have been younger than 31 on June 15th, 2012. If you came illegally to the United States, you can still be eligible for DACA. However, you must have entered America without inspection before that same date (June 15th, 2012) and you must have been younger than 16 when you entered. In terms of residency, you must have resided continuously in America from June 15h, 2007, through the present. You need to have had no legal status on June 15th, 2012 and you must have been physically present in the US on that same date. If you have any questions, we can help. 

Guidelines in Terms of Situation 

Education can weigh heavily in terms of who is eligible for DACA. For example, you need to have obtained a GED, graduated high school, or be in school. That said, you can also have been honorably discharged from the armed forces (including the Coast Guard). Any criminal history will be considered in your DACA eligibility as well. For example, you can’t have been convicted of a felony or what’s called a “significant” misdemeanor. You can’t be seen as posing a threat to public safety or national security, either. Again, we’re glad to clear up any questions or provide more information about eligibility. 

How DACA Renewal Works 

The good news is that renewing DACA can be a simpler process than applying in the first place. That said, you can’t wait on this – indeed, your request for deferred action must be renewed every two years without exception. Only if you need all of the DACA requirements will you be a candidate for renewal. So, you need to have continued to reside in America, not been convicted of a crime, nor seen as a threat to national security/public safety, etc. 

DACA Immigration Lawyer Who Can Help 

We understand that, at first glance, many of these rules can seem onerous. However, we’ve helped so many through the process. Over the years, the Rijal Law Firm has assisted so many folks who are in the exact same position that you are now – worried about their DACA eligibility and unsure what to do. You can schedule a consultation with us. There, we’ll go over your options and figure out how we can best help you to continue your immigration journey. You can reach us at (855) 997-4525.

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