Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took effect on August 15, 2012. It allows eligible individuals who are without legal status to receive deferred action for two years. This deferred action is subject to renewal after the expiration of those two years.
To be eligible for deferred action the applicant must meet all of these requirements:
- Be currently without lawful status;
- Be physically present in the US;
- Have continually resided in the US from June 15, 2007 to present;
- Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Be over the age of 15;
- Be in school, a high school graduate, obtained a GED or honorably discharged from the US armed forces;
- Not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors;
- Not be considered a threat to national security.
For those not in detention, the deferred action process involves:
- Completion of the "Consideration of Deferred Action for Child Hood Arrivals" form.
- The completion of the "Application for Employment Authorization" form
- The submission of these applications to the appropriate USCIS location.
For help with your DREAM Act application, please use the contact form below. The fee for this service is $400, plus filing fees.