Eligible Immigrants may now apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
BEFORE YOU APPLY
Beware of notarios and others not licensed to practice law who may not only waste your money but could also put you at risk of deportation. Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and other respected, reputable organizations will help you apply at NO COST.
WHAT WILL DEFERRED ACTION DO FOR ME?
DEFERRED ACTION is a discretionary temporary immigration status that will allow you to work and live legally in the U.S. for a period of two years without fear of deportation. Renewal is possible after the two year period.
Be informed before you apply!!
HOW CAN I PREPARE TO APPLY?
Right now, you should be gathering the documents you need to show you are eligible for deferred action. To apply, you will need:
• Proof that you entered the U.S. before the age of 16
• Proof that you are 30 years old or younger
• Proof that you are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.
• Proof that you have been living in the U.S. for at least five (5) years prior to June 15, 2012 and that you were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012. (Examples of forms of proof: rental receipts, utility bills, employment records or letter from your employer, medical records, school records, money order receipts, etc.)
• All criminal records. (If you have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple [3 or more minor] misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, you will not be eligible to apply.)
Click here for complete eligibility requirements and additional information on how to apply.
NOT EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE FOR DEFERRED ACTION.
• Protect yourself and seek good legal advice before applying.
• Ideally, speak to an attorney before contacting DHS.
• You could be ineligible for deferred action, and applying for this relief could put you at risk of deportation.
• If you have any criminal convictions – no matter how minor – or if you have ever been arrested, seek good legal advice before you apply.
• If you are already in Removal Proceedings or are Detained and believe you may be eligible for deferred action, you can contact either the Law Enforcement Support Center’s hotline at 1-855-448-6903 (staffed 24/7) or the ICE Office of the Public Advocate at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9AM -5PM Mon-Fri) or EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov
WHO CAN HELP ME APPLY FOR DEFERRED ACTION?
It is very important that you speak with a licensed attorney who specializes in Immigration Law. Check for updates on our website at www.aijustice.org,
and/or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Americans-for-Immigrant-Justice/161623690589217. You can also call 305-573-1106 ,ext. 1660 to find out about upcoming legal clinics where you can get FREE legal help in applying or you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. These FREE legal service clinics are run by AI Justice and other respected non-profit organizations.
Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Advocacy Center), a 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1998, is one of the nation’s largest non-profit immigration law firms dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants. AI Justice pursues its mission through a unique combination of direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education at local, state, and national levels.