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Deferred Action Applications: How to Ensure Approval

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What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka DACA) Bill?

It is a policy that allows the Department of Homeland Security to defer removal of specific individuals who do not pose a threat and are therefore considered low priority cases. These types of people can apply through the USCIS if they qualify.

If Romney is elected, the possibility exists that the program could be shut down (which is a reason to apply quickly), however, there is also a small possibility that he shuts down the program and pursues removal action against those who've applied (and not yet been approved) so your decision regarding if and when to apply should be considered carefully.

August 15th marked the first day people could submit applications for what the Department of Homeland Security expects to be at least a two year program.

What does being approved mean?

If someone is approved, they may be authorized to be employed, which means they can work legally in the United States and apply for federal student aid (in most states).

Who is eligible?

Qualifications (Official USCIS Guidlines):

  • Must be between the ages of 15-31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Must have arrived in the U.S. before reaching a 16th birthday;
  • Must have had continuos residence in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
  • Must have been physically present in U.S. on June 15, 2012;
  • Must not travelled outside U.S. after August 15, 2012 until application is approved;
  • Must have graduated high school/obtained GED, currently enrolled in school, or honorably discharged from the military
  • Must not have convicted any felony/significant misdemeanor or more than two misdemeanors

How do I insure that I get approved?

Applicants need to provide adequate documentation to prove each and every requirement, pay a $465 fee, and, most importantly, make sure that their applications are filled out correctly. Some parts may be tricky, legal jargon can get confusing, and no one likes trying to go over and makes sure that every section and subsection matches up and is correctly answered. It is helpful to hire an immigration lawyer or, for a cheaper solution, find reputable websites that guide you through the process. It would be a waste of time and money to submit your application and have to re-do it when it should have been approved the first time just because of improper technicalities. Indeed this is an easy, fair opportunity that people should take advantage of...but make sure you do it right! Use LexSpot's DACA Navigator to apply today!

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