DACA Attorney in Fort Myers
Representing DREAMers throughout the Country
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made what is perhaps the biggest immigration announcement since the 1986 immigration reform by offering what is called “deferred action” to DREAMers.
The Hurtado Immigration Law Firm embraces this bold action that provides relief for the thousands of undocumented youth who call America home and who, through no fault of their own, have been stuck in immigration limbo for years. Although status of this policy continues to change, the Dream Act reform is a large step forward for so many people who were brought to the U.S. as children.
If you are one of these young immigrants, we at the Hurtado Immigration Law Firm know that this policy change represents the opportunity for you to come out of the shadows and fully embrace the only country you know and actively contribute to our society and economy.
Contact us online or call (239) 800-0580 to learn more about DACA or to seek assistance with the renewal application process.
The Current Status of DACA
In 2017, the Trump administration made efforts to end the DACA initiative, which was met with backlash and various lawsuits. In January 2018, a federal district court in San Francisco ordered DHS to begin accepting DACA renewal applications.
Currently, DACA renewal applications are still being reviewed and processed. The fate of DACA remains up in the air as the administration continues making efforts to appeal the January 2018 ruling.
Qualifying for Deferred Action
To qualify for deferred action, DREAMers must:
- Be under 30 years old and have entered the U.S. before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S. for five years as of June 15, 2012
- Have maintained continuous residence in the U.S.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or multiple minor misdemeanors
- Be currently in school, graduated, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran
There are many benefits associated with receiving deferred action as a DREAMer.
If you win your case seeking deferred action, you can:
- Obtain work authorization
- Obtain a driver’s license
- Study and attend a college or university
If you are in deportation proceedings, your case will be closed and you can obtain your work permit. If you have already been ordered to be removed, receiving deferred action will stop you from being physically deported. If you have not been placed in deportation proceedings, this will prevent immigration from placing you in deportation.
Can DACA Lead to a Green Card?
If you obtain your DACA status, you may also be eligible to apply for advance parole – a travel document. If you are granted advance parole, you may travel outside of the United States and return to the U.S. legally. Once you have entered the United States legally, you may be eligible to apply for adjustment of status through an immediate relative petition.
Our Fort Myers DACA attorney has helped many clients through this important process. Remember that DACA is a temporary benefit – do not miss out on this important opportunity to turn this temporary benefit into a permanent residency.
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