DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Last Updated 05/01/2024

Refers to a policy implemented by the U.S. government in 2012 under the Obama administration. DACA provides temporary relief from deportation and enables work authorization to certain undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children (often referred to as "Dreamers").  To be eligible for DACA, applicants must meet various criteria, including having arrived in the U.S. before turning 16 years of age, continuously residing in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and meeting educational or military service requirements. DACA recipients are granted renewable 2-year periods of deferred action that allows them to remain in the U.S. legally and obtain work permits, although they are not provided a path to citizenship.

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