Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) 

Our Work

CARECEN assists with both initial DACA applications and DACA renewal applications.


DACA is a program through which individuals who arrived to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and meet other eligibility requirements are not placed in deportation proceedings or removed from the U.S. for a specific period of time, during which they may also receive work authorization.



To be eligible for DACA, you must meet the following requirements:


  1. Age Requirements

    • You came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday

    • You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

  2. Continuous Residence Requirement

    • You have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 until the current date

  3. Physical Presence Requirement

    • You were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012

  4. Immigration History

    • You were not in lawful status in the U.S. on June 15, 2012

  5. Educational and Military History

    • You must meet one of the following requirements:

      • Currently enrolled in school 

      • Graduated from high school or obtained your General Educational Development certification

      • Honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.

  6. Criminal History

    • You have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more minor misdemeanors

    • You do not pose a threat to national security or public safety


When you meet with our legal team, we ask that you please disclose your criminal history because it has far-reaching implications for any immigration case in ways that are not always apparent. Since USCIS may refer your case to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if it involves significant criminal offense(s), fraud, or if you pose a threat to public safety or national security, transparency about your criminal background with us is important.


CARECEN is ethically obliged and committed to client confidentiality. 


Can I travel abroad with DACA? 


If you have not yet been granted DACA and travel abroad, your DACA application will be denied. However, you may apply for advanced parole after your DACA has been approved, which allows you to leave the country for humanitarian, employment, or educational reasons. You cannot apply for DACA and advanced parole simultaneously.


You must ensure that your DACA does not expire while you are abroad. This may cause serious problems upon your arrival to the U.S.

 To make an appointment, please call one of our offices