Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides protection from removal from the U.S. and a work permit for some young undocumented individuals who entered the U.S. as minors. At the Law
Office of Adrian Murati, our Rockford immigration law firm is proud to help immigrants who were brought to the United States as children apply for DACA benefits. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to
speak to an immigration lawyer about your DACA case.
On June 15th, 2012, President Obama announced a new immigration policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which allows certain undocumented young immigrants to apply for a
renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. It is important to understand that DACA does not get you a green card and is not a permanent benefit. Instead, applicants can apply
for a two-year deferral of removal (deportation) and two years of employment authorization. While DACA is not a long-term solution to our broken immigration system, it does offer many benefits
while allowing immigrants to stop living in constant fear of deportation.
USCIS strongly suggests submitting a DACA renewal request 5-6 months before the expiration date of your DACA (the expiration date is listed on Form I-797 approval notice or your employment
authorization card). You can file to renew your DACA status if your original DACA application was accepted and you:
Did not leave the country on or after August 15, 2012, without receiving permission from immigration authorities (advanced parole);
- Have lived in the U.S. since you filed your most recent approved DACA application; and
- Do not have a felony conviction, three or more misdemeanors, a single “significant” misdemeanor, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
USCIS decides renewal requests on a case-by-case basis. If you are approved, you will receive deferred action for another 2 years and can receive permission to work.
At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, we help individuals throughout various stages of the DACA process including the initial DACA application, DACA requests for evidence, DACA renewals, and DACA
relief in removal proceedings (deportation). Call us at (815) 289-3209 to speak to an immigration lawyer about your DACA issues.