Responsive Lawyers Handle DACA Claims for Clients Brought Here as Children
Accomplished New York firm seeks deferred action status to avert deportation
Many children grow up in this country unaware that they are not legal citizens. Often, they don’t learn that they aren’t citizens until they try to get a driver license or receive a deportation notice. In June 2012, the federal government enacted a new policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helps these immigrants, known as Dreamers, stay in the country as long as they meet certain guidelines. The immigration attorneys at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP in New York City are eager to help these young people, brought to the United States as children, stay here, despite efforts to limit DACA or end it completely.
Skillful attorneys represent Dreamers in applications and renewals
Litigation before the Supreme Court regarding DACA is likely to be decided in the 2019–2020 term. In the meantime, some members of Congress continue to seek a legislative solution that addresses the approximately 800,000 people whose ability to remain in the United States is under threat. No matter what happens, it’s important for Dreamers to understand the latest legal developments and protect their legal rights. We’ll keep you updated on relevant matters including:
- The DREAM Act — Several times, members of Congress have introduced the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (“DREAM”) Act in order to provide protection for undocumented individuals whose parents brought them to this country as minors. Though efforts continue, legislation has not been passed yet.
- Applications and renewal requests — DACA decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, commencing with the filing of Form I-821D. There is a non-waivable $495 fee and the form for employment authorization must be filed at the same time. Upon approval, DACA protection lasts for two years and can be renewed starting 150 days before expiration.
- Who qualifies — To qualify, you must have been younger than 16 when you entered the United States and younger than 31 when the policy was established on June 15, 2012. You must be in school or have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. You can also qualify if you have served in and were honorably discharged from the U.S. military or Coast Guard. You are not eligible if you are a convicted felon or have committed a significant misdemeanor or three or more minor misdemeanors.
Our firm has three offices in the New York City area to handle DACA renewals and other concerns for those who were brought to the United States as children and lack legal immigration status.
Contact a dedicated New York lawyer to discuss a DACA case
For more information on DACA or assistance with evaluating eligibility for other relief if the DACA program is limited or revoked, speak with a lawyer at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP today. Our Manhattan office is conveniently located in the Financial District, on Broadway between Barclay and Vesey. We also have locations in Brooklyn and Peekskill. Please call 212-203-4795 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.