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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

NOTE: Please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website for the most current information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website for detailed information on consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The website contains information on:

National Security and Public Safety Guidelines

You will not be considered for DACA if you have been convicted of:

  • A felony offense;
  • A significant misdemeanor offense; or
  • Three or more other misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct.


  • You are otherwise deemed to pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Learn more

En Español

Por favor visite el sitio web del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos para obtener la información más reciente sobre la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA).

Last Updated: 11/10/2021
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