If you came to the United States as an immigrant, you may want to make sure that your children can stay in the country. Depending on your situation, your children could qualify for DACA.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DACA is a program for people who came to the U.S. when they were minors. It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If children qualify, they can receive protection from deportation.
Is your child eligible?
There are several ways that children can qualify for DACA. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says that a court considers when children came to the U.S. Eligible children entered the country when they were younger than 16. Additionally, they have to be continuous residents. Adult children can also qualify if they were younger than 31 in 2012.
A court also considers your children’s education. Are they currently in school? Are they recent graduates? Eligible children could also be recipients of their GED. Military service is another factor. If your child served in the Armed Forces or the Coast Guard, he or she could qualify.
How do you demonstrate eligibility?
If your children qualify for DACA, you have to provide several types of documentation. This includes a birth certificate or a passport. You may also submit a copy of your child’s military or school ID.
Additionally, your documentation should show that your child has been a continuous resident. You could submit medical records and school records. If your child has a part-time job, you could also provide copies of pay stubs.
The DACA program does not grant children full citizenship. However, it can give your family a grace period. You can use this extra time to consider potential paths to citizenship.