Houston DACA Attorney
People call you a DREAMer, but you are a worker, a student, maybe even a soldier. Your dreams are not built in the air: they are built in your school, your workplace, and your community. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy instituted by the Obama administration had its roots in the DREAM Act, which Congress failed to pass. Deferred action is not as comprehensive as the DREAM Act. It does not provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented persons but you deserve the chance to secure your dreams against the fear of deportation to a country that is no longer yours. You call the United States home, and ask only to be welcome in that home.
There are standards you must meet to be eligible for DACA. You must:
- Have been born after June 16, 1981.
- Have come to the U.S. before your 16th birthday.
- Have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007.
- Have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and every day since August 15, 2012.
- Be at least 15 years old. (There are some exceptions, which we can explain.)
- Have graduated or completed high school, have earned a general education development (GED) certificate, be an honorably discharged veteran or be in school on the date that you submit your deferred action application.
Despite having no official legal status in the U.S., applicants approved for deferred action may be issued identification cards and driver's licenses under state policies.
Work With Houston DACA Lawyer Alberto Salinas
As with all immigration rules, there are complexities to DACA that we can explain to you in person. Deferred action happens at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and is granted on a case-by-case basis. If you are turned down, there is no appeals process therefore, it is important to do it right the first time.
Salinas Law Firm is experienced in the deferred action process and has already succeeded with many applicants. If you wish to learn more about deferred action, contact Houston, Texas, DACA lawyer Alberto Salinas of Salinas Law Firm, at 713.518.1711 or send us an email using this form.
Beware of Scams!
It is recommended that individuals be wary of fraudulent legal advisors (known as "notarios") when applying for deferred action. Notarios have no legal background (they are not lawyers) and cannot legally practice law or represent you. An immigrant's case can be delayed by notarios acting in bad faith, resulting in penalties and even deportation.