An individual may file for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if he or she meets the following requirements:

  • Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States before reaching his or her 16th birthday
  • Has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
  • Was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his or
    her request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
  • Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces
  • And has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

Individuals who were younger than 15 when DACA was first announced and are not in
removal proceedings or have a final order may request DACA from USCIS any time after they
have reached their 15th birthday. Individuals who are in removal proceedings or who have a final
order may request DACA from USCIS even if they are younger than 15 at the time of filing.

NOTE: No lawful status on June 15, 2012, means that: You never had a lawful immigration
status on or before June 15, 2012; or Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained
prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012.

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