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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memorandum adopted on June 15, 2012 allows the federal government to defer for two years prosecution and deportation of undocumented youths who were brought into the United States as children and gives them the right to work. An estimated 1.7 million undocumented youths fall under this policy.

To be eligible for Deferred Action, individuals must file an application at a total fee of $465 and meet certain criteria, including arriving in the United States before their 16th birthday and being under the age of 31 when the memorandum was adopted.

Should I Hire a Deferred Action Attorney?

Yes. Obtaining legal counsel assures that your application will be as complete as possible and stands an excellent chance of being accepted.

You are not required to hire an attorney to apply for Deferred Action. But this new and limited policy is too important and the application process too involved for those born in a foreign country but lived in the United States most of their lives to gamble with their future if the application is denied.

For those who choose to fill out the forms themselves, it is advisable to have an attorney review them at a nominal cost.

What Does a Deferred Action Attorney Do?

Your lawyer will conduct a case assessment to ensure you meet each of the seven criteria necessary to apply for Deferred Action.

Your lawyer will explain all the forms to you so your understanding of this policy is accurate and that you understand what your performance under this policy must be. Your lawyer will complete those forms for your signature.

An attorney’s fee in such matters depends on how many hours it takes to complete the work. Your attorney may agree to a payment plan so your future would not be jeopardized because of the cost involved.

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