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USCIS Accepting Renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program

On June 5, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced the renewal process for individuals enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows certain individuals who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the U.S. and apply for employment authorization for a period of two years. Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting DACA renewal requests. USCIS encourages individuals to submit their renewal request approximately 120 days (four months) before their current period of deferred action expires to avoid a lapse in the period of deferral and employment authorization.

In addition, USCIS continues to accept initial DACA requests. You may request DACA if you:

(1) Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
(2) Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
(3) Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
(4) Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
(5) Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
(6) Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion 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 United States; and
(7) Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Please contact Cornerstone Law Group if you need any assistance filing a DACA renewal or an initial DACA request. For more information on the DACA renewal process see http://www.uscis.gov/news/secretary-johnson-announces-process-daca-renewal. Also, to learn more about DACA and its guidelines see www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.