As of Feb. 18th, USCIS will begin accepting applications for the DACA program expansion initiated as part of the recent immigration executive action.
USCIS has announced that, starting on February 18, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program due to the program expansion announced as part of the recent immigration executive action.
This expansion will essentially allow people of any current age who came into the U.S. before they were 16 years old and who have continuously lived in the U.S. since January 2010 the opportunity to extend the DACA period and their authorization to work in the U.S. from 2 to 3 years.
Although USCIS has clearly and firmly noted that NO applications for this aspect of the immigration executive action will be accepted prior to February 18th, people who are planning on submitting applications for this program are encouraged to start preparing their applications now, as these applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Details of the DACA Program Related to the Immigration Executive Action
Here’s a closer look at what you may need to know if you are planning on applying for the DACA program expansion that arose from the recent immigration executive action:
- Who can apply – People who currently have no lawful immigration status in the U.S. and who are seeking initial entrance into DACA or a renewal can submit applications.
- What requirements have to be met to apply – For people to qualify for the DACA program expansion that has stemmed from the immigration executive action, they must meet all DACA guidelines and requirements and:
- Can be any age (rather than meeting the age requirement of having been born on or after June 15, 1981)
- Have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 (rather than June 15, 2007, as the requirement had previously been).
- How to apply – USCIS has listed the following steps as being the preferable way that people apply for the DACA program expansion related to the immigration executive action:
- Compile all necessary documents related to establishing that you meet the eligibility requirements for the program.
- Complete the USCIS Forms I-821ID, I-765 and I-765WS.
- Send all completed forms and related documents to USCIS with the appropriate application fees.
- Submit to the biometrics required by USCIS (i.e., the fingerprinting and background screening requirements).
- Stay posted for a decision or any additional requests USCIS may have related to your application.
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