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The Ybarra Maldonado Law Group is a leading DACA Attorney in Phoenix, AZ (Deferred Action law firm). We have persistently fought for and supported members of the undocumented community. It’s important for immigrants in the U.S. to stay informed about immigration reform and the DACA process. This is why we blog and update our news page regularly.

What is DACA?

DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that prevents the U.S. Government from deporting certain groups of people. President Barack Obama announced the policy on June 15, 2012. DACA allows some people to apply for deferred action for a period of two years. Deferred action means to delay deportation.   People who meet DACA’s requirements can apply for deferred action.

The purpose of DACA was to remove ICE’s (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) attention away from “dreamers.” “Dreamers” refers to students with good behavior that were mostly raised in the U.S.

It is not a path to permanent residency, a green card, or U.S. citizenship. The deferred action is subject to renewal and may lead to a work permit. With a work permit, an immigrant can apply for a social security number and a state ID or driver’s license. Deferred action granted by DACA can be revoked at any time. Be sure to check with USCIS for more extensive information.

Who is Eligible for DACA?

The eligibility qualifications for DACA require that the applicant:

  • Was younger than age 31 on June 15, 2012
  • Arrived in the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday
  • Continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present
  • Was present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time of filing for a DACA request
  • Is currently in school, or graduated from high school or obtained a GED
  • Is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanor offenses
  • Does not pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • Be at least 15 years old unless he or she is under threat of removal or has a final removal or voluntary departure order

It is important to note that DACA does not provide a green card or citizenship. DACA does allow successful applicants to work and avoid deportation. It does not involve the naturalization process. Although DACA doesn’t allow you to travel abroad, it might make it easier for you to obtain travel documents.

Required Documents for your DACA Application

If you meet the eligibility guidelines for DACA, you will need the following documents: 

  • Proof of identity. This could include any of the following:
    • Passport 
    • School or military photo I.D.
    • Birth certificate with photo
    • Government issued immigration documents with your name and picture.
  • Proof you entered the U.S. before your 16th birthday
    • Form I-94/I-95/I-94W or other immigration documents, a passport stamp, school, health, or tax records, or employment records and bank transaction receipts.
  • Proof of immigration status
    • Form I-94/I-95/I-94W with an authorized stay expiration date
    • Order for removal proceedings 
    • Final order for exclusion or deportation
  • Proof you were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and Proof that you have resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007. 
    • Utility bills
    • Rent receipts
    • military, school, and employment records 
    • Passport entries
    • Dated bank transactions.
  • Proof of student or military status
    • School I.D. or transcripts
    • Proof of honorable discharge from the military.

Sometimes USCIS will allow you to provide copies, but some people are required to submit originals. Knowing what to do and how to assemble these immigration documents seems like a daunting task. Trust the experienced Phoenix immigration attorneys at Ybarra Maldonado to help you locate and identify the correct documents to ensure your DACA request is submitted correctly. 

DACA Consultations With a Top Phoenix Immigration Attorney

If you don’t know where to begin and fear that you might be filing your paperwork incorrectly, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

Nobody is required to have legal representation to file for DACA status. But if you need assistance with your application, or you have a complicated case, our team of experienced immigration attorneys is here to help. If you have questions about the DACA program or about your specific DACA case, contact us to find the information and support you need. We offer bilingual assistance.