Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012, that is designed to help undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States at a young age. The Department of Homeland (DHS) began accepting DACA applications on August 15, 2012.
An individual who is granted DACA is given the peace of mind that the DHS will not seek to remove them from the United States. A DACA approval also provides an individual with a work permit, which the individual can use to obtain a social security number and, depending on the state where they reside, potentially a driver’s license. Rather than hiding in the shadows unable to fully contribute to the society that has educated them, the DACA program allows individuals to establish a more normal life and the freedom to pursue their dreams.
The following are the criteria for DACA eligibility:
For further information on DACA, please review our FAQs for DACA.