Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Did you arrive in the United States as a child under age 16? Have you been physically present in the U.S. since June 2007? Did you enter without papers or has your lawful immigration status expired? Are you under age 30?

If so, you may be eligible to obtain work authorization and avoid deportation by applying for Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a relatively recent form of immigration relief established by President Barack Obama in 2012. It is designed to shield certain undocumented immigrants from removal (deportation) and grant them temporary permission to work in the United States.

Weighing The Risks And Understanding The Benefits

DACA is a discretionary form of immigration relief. This means there is no guarantee that you will receive it, and the government can revoke it any time.

While it does provide important protections, DACA does not grant amnesty or a lawful immigration status. Unfortunately, it is not presently a path to a green card or citizenship. There may also be risks associated with applying for DACA, particularly if you are not currently facing removal proceedings. A failed application can alert the authorities to your unlawful presence. As with any immigration action, you should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before pursuing DACA.

Does DACA Make Sense For Your Situation? | Learn Whether You Are Eligible

The eligibility requirements for DACA are complex. You must meet a certain education level and have a generally clean criminal record. You must also demonstrate that you meet other detailed criteria. To maximize your chances of success and avoid pitfalls, it is critical to speak with an experienced immigration attorney to determine whether you qualify.

At the immigration law firm of Lisa E. Battan, P.C., in Boulder, Colorado, we can analyze whether you are eligible for DACA, help you weigh the important decision of whether to apply and walk you through the application process. Attorney Lisa Battan has devoted her career to immigration law for nearly two decades. Her depth of knowledge and experience handling thousands of immigration cases enables her to provide detailed, up-to-the-minute guidance on the complexities of DACA and other forms of immigration relief.

Contact Boulder-Based Immigration Attorney Lisa Battan For Personalized Legal Guidance | Hablamos Español

For more information about DACA — and to explore whether applying for DACA makes sense in your situation — please contact our firm at 303-444-8668 or 866-614-8668. From her office in Boulder, immigration attorney Lisa Battan handles DACA matters throughout Northern Colorado and nationwide.

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