Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows certain undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. as children to live and work in the country.
There are several criteria that potential applicants need to meet to be eligible for DACA. They include:
- Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
- Entered the U.S. under the age of 16;
- Have continuously lived in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present. (For purposes of calculating this five year period, brief and innocent absences for humanitarian reasons will not be included);
- Entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or individuals whose lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Currently in school, graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;
- Not convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- Potential applicants are required to provide evidence of the above criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a background check.
On November 20, 2015, President Obama announced an expansion to the DACA program and a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Approximately five million undocumented individuals are likely to be affected by the executive action programs announced by President Obama.
Individuals that meet the criteria for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs will be able to remain in the country without fear of deportation and apply for a work authorization permit for a period of three years with the possibility of renewal.
In preparation for the implementation of both programs, NALEO Educational Fund is leveraging its state of the art contact center platform to provide information through a live national bilingual (844) 411-DACA hotline. The hotline will prepare residents throughout the country to succeed in becoming beneficiaries of the executive action programs by ensuring callers are able to access accurate non-legal information on DACA/DAPA eligibility requirements, including information on non-profit legal service referrals, how to avoid immigration law fraud and potential financial assistance resources.
Hotline operators will serve as liaisons between the organization and the community, helping protect the rights of residents and providing them with a trusted referral source in their local community. Trained operators are able to provide the following information:
- An overview of administrative relief and deferred action eligibility requirements;
- Information on the DACA and DAPA programs, costs, the application process, and how to prepare to apply;
- Information on how to prevent and report immigration law fraud; and
- Information on where to find legal help in local communities across the United States.
To learn more about how you can apply for deferred action or to find a legal service provider near you, call our national toll-free bilingual (844) 411-DACA hotline. Hotline Hours: Monday thru Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT