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DACA requirements and current status

If you or a friend or family member of yours in Arizona are a citizen of another country but entered the United States as a child, you may want to learn about a program that may offer opportunities to stay in the U.S. As explained by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was enacted to help people that meet certain criteria remain legally in the country. This program has undergone some uncertainty in the past year.

In the early autumn of 2017, the DACA program was ordered to be eliminated in a phased approach. Since then, however, additional changes have taken place. Today, anyone who had been granted deferred action under DACA before the order of elimination in September of 2017 may apply for a renewal of their original deferral.

There are specific criteria that must be met for a person to apply for these protections and some relate to different dates. A person must currently live in the U.S. and have done so without stopping since June 15, 2007. They must not have been older than 15 when first coming to American and they must not have been older than 31 as of June 15, 2012. If they at any time had legal status in the U.S., they may not apply for deferred action. 

If you would like to learn more about your rights and opportunities in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, please feel free to visit the DACA protections page of our Arizona immigration and naturalization website.

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