Understanding the protections offered by DACA
For people in the country illegally, every knock on the door can be an extremely serious situation. If immigration officials inquire about your status, you may find yourself facing removal. There are some things that you might be able to do to ensure that you or your loved ones are able to remain in the country.
One of the possible options is called Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA). It says that some children who arrived in the United States before age 16 and before 2007 can stay in the country for two years and get a work permit. The chance to stay in the U.S. can be renewed. The courts are still looking at DACA and like many other immigration laws, it might change it at any time.
You qualify for the chance to stay legally if you were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, don’t have a criminal record that includes a felony or three misdemeanors, came to this country before you reached age 16, have been in the U.S. since 2007 and haven’t left for any reason.
Your children must have been in the United States on June 15, 2012 or when they apply for consideration under DACA. If your children have been in school or the military or have graduated or have passed the GED test, they also qualify.
You may already be under a removal order or even in detention. You may apply for DACA even if the government has issued the final removal order.
You may have never faced a legal situation more serious in your entire life. Your goal is to keep your family together and in the United States. You can’t do that without knowing your legal status. That means you need to speak to a lawyer before you face any more complications.
Your attorney can provide you with a review of the options that are available to you and your family. This ensures that you will be able to take advantage to all of the possible opportunities under current immigration laws. These laws can change at any time, and it is important that you take action as soon as possible. The upcoming election may have a significant impact upon the laws in place.
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