Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


Many immigrants came to the United States as children, unaware of their legal status. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established in 2012 as a means to provide support for these individuals.

The “Dream Act” provided a number of benefits including:

  • Eligibility for a state driver’s license.

  • A Social Security card.

  • Permission to work in the country for certain undocumented workers.

  • Deferred action on deportation for two years.

  • Deferred action on removal proceedings for two years.

In order to take advantage of the DACA, you need to make sure that you have a full understanding of your legal options and the requirements surrounding the program. Your immigration team at Square Law Group will help you to get this done correctly the first time around – there are no second chances.

Eligibility Requirements for DACA

DACA may offer protection from deportation to individuals that came into the U.S. unlawfully as children if they meet certain requirements including:

  1. Individual was under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012.

  2. Individual entered the U.S. before 16th birthday.

  3. Has lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007, until present time.

  4. Being physically present within the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time a request was made for consideration of Deferred Action with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  5. Having no lawful status on June 15, 2012.

  6. Currently attending school, have graduated or obtained a certification of completion from a high school, received a general education development certificate (GED), or are an honorably discharged veteran from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard.

  7. Not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and is not a threat to national security or public safety.


Applicants will also be required to provide a number of documents in order to prove their presence in the country including a birth certificate, school records, and military services records.

Individuals are covered under the DACA program for two years and are subject to renewal.

The DACA Lawyer You Need

There are plenty of legal advisors out there who will take your money but fail you when you need it most. Do NOT trust these individuals with something so serious and delicate as your DACA status. The Brownsville immigration lawyers at Square Law Group will be able to provide you guidance through the application process which includes three complex forms (I-821D, I-765, I-765WS) and a background check.

Let our compassionate and highly capable lawyers at Square Law Group handle your immigration case. Contact us today at (956) 518-9490 to get the life-changing assistance you need to properly file for DACA.