Pursue Deferred Action & Work Authorization With Us
In 2012, the Obama-Biden administration decided to exercise prosecutorial discretion when applying our nation’s immigration laws to certain young people. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offered deferred action and work authorization to individuals who were brought to the United States as children using the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Since then, people who request or receive deferred action under the program have been known as Dreamers, a play on another Obama-era proposal called the DREAM Act (DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Immigrant Minors).
During the Trump administration, the national outlook on immigration changed dramatically, and the DACA program suffered years of attacks, starting in 2017. By December 4, 2020, however, federal courts were able to restore DACA to its original form.
On January 20, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration recommitted to DACA, meaning now is a better time than ever to become a Dreamer.
If you want to request deferred action and work authorization documents under DACA, Maghzi Law Firm LLC can help. We go above and beyond for our clients, and our founding attorney is an immigrant herself.
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Am I Eligible for DACA?
DACA was designed for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, have obeyed the law, and stayed in school or enlisted in the military. The program covers individuals who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday and were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
To be eligible for DACA, you must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time (including June 15, 2012), and you must be physically present in the U.S. when you request deferred action. You can only request deferred action under DACA if you are currently in school, have a certificate of completion from high school, have a GED, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military.
You are not eligible for deferred action if you have been convicted of a felony or a significant misdemeanor nor if you have been convicted of 3 or more other misdemeanors.
How to Request Deferred Action
The DACA program is currently accepting first-time requests for the first time since September 5, 2017. If you meet the eligibility requirements (see above), you will need to collect your proof of identity, proof you came to the United States before your 16th birthday, proof of immigration status, proof of presence and continuous residence in the U.S., and proof of your student or veteran status at the time of requesting DACA.
In addition to collecting documents, you will need to fill out multiple forms, undergo biographic and biometric background checks, and pay a $495 filing fee (subject to increase).
Before you send your request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS), be sure to have a local DACA lawyer review your paperwork.
How to Renew DACA Protections
If you were granted deferred action and/or employment authorization for 1 year under DACA, your grants and documents will be automatically extended to 2 years. Otherwise, you should find a DACA renewal lawyer to help you with the renewal process.
Renewal can be extra difficult because you must use your previous renewal filing to complete your new one. Any inconsistent information could jeopardize your renewal request. You will also need to find the most correct and current DACA forms. Your attorney can help you keep all your documents straight, and if you faced any legal trouble between your last DACA grant and now, you MUST contact a lawyer before submitting your filing.
Advocates for Achieving Your Dreams
Maghzi Law Firm, LLC is your home for immigration law and DACA requests in North Charleston, South Carolina and beyond. Led by Founding Attorney Ameneh Maghzi, our team is driven, resourceful, relatable, and experienced.
We offer services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Farsi, and we understand the difficulties of immigration firsthand. Our firm is 100% focused on immigration law, and we pledge to leave no stone unturned in your case.
While deferred action does not provide legal status, we can help you request a DACA grant and apply for citizenship and naturalization if that is your ultimate goal. We are with you every step of the way. Help us help you make your dreams come true.
Call us at (843) 800-2750 or contact us online for a case review. Our services are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Farsi.
Given the amount of skill and experience this team has, we pledge to leave no stone unturned and going above and beyond to provide the best immigration services tailored to your needs.
With a large team on hand and English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Farsi language-speaking services available, we aim to provide all the resources you need to make the immigration process easier.
As an immigrant herself, founding attorney Ameneh Maghzi understands the difficulties of immigration and she has made it her mission to make the process as smooth as possible for her clients.
With our sole focus on immigration law, our firm is well equipped to handle a wide range of immigration services.