DACA

FAQs

Is there a time limit for making a DACA application?

  • No. If you are eligible for DACA, you may submit your application at any time.

Must I have completed high school in the United States?

  • No. If you did not complete high school, then you may be enrolled in a GED or other program. However, the program must meet certain requirements, and it is best to get competent advice from an attorney with experience to ensure that the program you enroll in will be sufficient for DACA purposes.

What if I have traffic tickets?

  • If you have only minor traffic tickets, then this is probably not a significant problem for DACA purposes. However, it is best to get the advice of a competent attorney.

What if I have other arrests?

  • Each instance of criminal matters must be evaluated for the immigration consequences. Many criminal convictions will cause an individual to be ineligible for DACA, but before you rule yourself out, get the advice of

If I am already in immigration court proceedings, can I still apply for DACA?

  • Yes. You can apply for DACA, but you should get competent legal advice and assistance.

What if I was under 31 on June 15, 2012 but have since turned 31?

  • You may still apply for DACA as long as you met the eligibility requirement as of that date.

What if I am under 15?

  • You must wait to apply for DACA until you are 15, unless you are in immigration court?

What if I have already been ordered deported or have a voluntary departure order?

  • It is best to seek legal advice. Depending on your situation and the facts of your cases, DACA may still be appropriate for you.

Can I travel if I have DACA?

  • In order to travel outside of the United States, you must seek advance parole. Advance parole allows an individual to travel outside of the United States for a limited period of time and have permission to be paroled into the United States upon return. However, there is no guarantee that the individual will be allowed to return. Advance parole is a good option for some individuals, but it not appropriate for every situation due to the risks involved. If you plan to seek advance parole, it is important to get competent legal advise.

I have not tried to answer every possible question here, but just some of the ones I hear more often. If you have specific questions about your case, call or write me to make an appointment.

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