The DACA Application: What You Need to Know

A DACA application, also known as the deferred action for childhood arrivals application, is a document you must fill out to apply for deferred action. Deferred action is a type of protection from deportation that can be provided to those who satisfy specific requirements.

The goal of the DACA program is to provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to those who were brought to the U.S. as young children.

An immigration lawyer can assist you with all aspects of your application, from gathering essential documentation to the timely submission of your application.

What to Expect During the Application Process

These are the steps involved in applying for DACA:

  1. Fill out the DACA application. This may be done online or by printing and filling out the form by hand. Make sure you complete the documents with correct and complete information.
  2. Submit your application along with any supporting materials.

Supporting documentation may include:

  • Identification documents. You will need to provide proof of your identity and nationality. This can be a passport, birth certificate, or another government-issued document.
  • School records. Provide documents from each school you have attended in the U.S. These records should include your name, dates of attendance, and grades/transcripts.
  • Employment records. If you have ever held a job in the U.S., you will need to provide employment verification letters or pay stubs.
  • Traffic tickets/arrest records. If you have ever been arrested or received a traffic ticket, you will need to provide court documents or police reports detailing the incident.
  • Medical records. If you have ever received medical care in the United States, you may need to provide copies of your medical bills or treatment plans.
  • Other documentation. You may also be asked to provide additional documentation depending on your specific case.
  1. Wait for a response to your application. The USCIS will examine your application and determine whether or not you are eligible for deferred action.

What are the Benefits of Having Your DACA Application Approved?

  • Temporary protection from deportation. One of the main benefits of DACA is that it offers qualifying applicants with temporary relief from deportation proceedings.
  • Work authorization. Qualified candidates who get DACA deferred action are also awarded work authorization, allowing them to work legally in the United States.
  • Driver’s license/State ID card. Some states enable qualifying DACA beneficiaries to receive driver’s licenses or state ID cards, depending on their immigration status.
  • Tuition reductions. Eligible students may qualify for tuition reductions at public universities and colleges around the country.
  • Travel eligibility. Qualified candidates who get DACA deferred action are permitted to travel abroad of the United States as long as they meet specified criteria.

Get Expert Assistance with Your DACA Application

Don’t hesitate to contact the skilled immigration attorneys at Tourzani & Long, LLC for guidance and help if you contemplate applying for DACA. We are thoroughly familiar with the conditions for eligibility. We can guide you through the DACA application process and address any concerns you may have. Contact us at (201) 987-0036 to schedule an appointment.

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