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Is There A Risk In Applying For Childhood Arrivals?

If you immigrated to the United States through no fault of your own before you turned 16 years of age, we are committed to assisting you through an administrative process that allows some non-citizens who entered the country as children to come out of the shadows without fear of deportation. For many undocumented immigrants, the United States is the only home that they’ve ever known, but the process of becoming a citizen can be expensive, restrictive, and sometimes be nearly impossible to accomplish. There are currently government programs that can help you remain in the only country you’ve ever really known legally, with the ability to open a bank account, go to school, and even obtain employment.

Knowing which path is right for your situation is vital. Applying through the incorrect path could result in a refusal and end up delaying or even preventing your move to the United States as a permanent resident.

While Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gives those in the program a two-year deferral on deportation, it might not be the right program for everyone. You should speak with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer before you decide to apply to determine if it is the right course of action for your particular situation. Consider your situation carefully before submitting an application. Certain immigrants should not apply for DACA because there is a greater risk that their cases may be referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

What Is DACA?

The DACA program was started in 2012 by the Obama administration. The program allows individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) for a period of two years. That deferral may then be renewed for a further two years. Many application may be eligible for employment authorization, as well, meaning they can obtain legal employment in the United States. Other benefits include being able to register for school, open a bank account, and even get a driver's license in some states. You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday

Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time

Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS

Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012

Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States

Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals public safety

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New Information
About DACA in 2017

On September 5th, 2017, Attorney General Jess Sessions announced that the DACA program would be coming to an end in six months. The government will no longer be accepting new applications for the DACA program. However, if you’ve already received DACA status and will need to apply for a renewal within the next six months, you should do so as soon as possible. The current administration will honor work permits through their expiration date, so getting in your renewal information could help you remain in the United States legally. While it’s likely that the program is going to come to an end in six months, it’s unknown as to how congress will deal with undocumented immigrants who currently hold DACA status. You can stay up-to-date by reading our blog, where we’ll be posting updates about the DACA changes as they become available.

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Questions and Concerns About Your DACA Status

If you are concerned about your current DACA status, unsure about what to do next, or have questions about how or when to apply for a renewal, you need to speak to an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. Right now you still have time to take action to protect yourself and your family, but the clock is ticking. The Law Offices of Diron Rutty, LLC are offering consultations to anyone in the Bronx, New York, White Plains, and Poughkeepsie areas who has questions about DACA and what they should do about their immigration status. These consultations are completely confidential. You can get answers to your questions and we can inform you as to how we can help you with the next steps that you need to take.

As immigration attorneys practicing in New York and Poughkeepsie, we can evaluate your situation to determine if deferred action is right for you. If so, we can help you understand the process, gather and complete the necessary paperwork, and get your application processed promptly. Please call our office at (718) 324-0404 or (315) 613-0121, use the form at the right, or email us at info@DironRuttyLLC.com for assistance. We’re looking forward to speaking with you and helping you get the best possible outcome for your immigration status.

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