What Is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
DACA is a program from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), administered by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (“USCIS”) to help young people who came to the United States as children. The requirements are fairly straightforward; the applicant:
- must be under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012
- entered the USA before turning 16 years old,
- lived in the USA continuously from June 15, 2007 to the present time,
- be in school (or have graduated from high school or earned a GED, or be a veteran of the U.S. armed forces), and
- not be convicted of a felony, or 3 misdemeanors, or pose a threat to public safety or national security.