It’s no secret that in recent weeks, President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has stirred up an emotional response from people across the country. Originally instated by the Obama administration in 2012, DACA has been praised and disliked by a variety of political figures. As a DNA testing company which supplies immigration services, we want to keep our customers informed of these transitioning laws and regulations.
What is DACA?
DACA was created in response to the growing illegal immigration student population within the United States. It is a program designed to support immigrants in the United States with good behavior to avoid deportation and obtain working permits which can be renewed every two years. This concept focuses on individuals considered “low priority” for deportation.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility for DACA is quite strict and must follow these guidelines:
- Applicant came to the US before his or her 16th birthday
- Applicant was born June 16, 1981, or after
- He or she has lived in the US since June 15, 2007
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Completed high school or GED, was honorably discharged from the military, or is currently enrolled in school
- Was in the US on June 15, 2012, and actively making requests for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- Has not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more misdemeanors
Approved DACA applicants are not eligible for federal welfare or student aid. Applicants must show proof of their qualification and submit the proper forms to be considered for DACA, as well. However, fulfilling all requirements for DACA does not guarantee an approval.
The implementation of this change was delayed six months to allow Congress to find a solution for those previously protected under this policy. Boston Paternity will keep our customers updated on this story as new developments arise.
With more questions about the immigration DNA testing process and how we can help, contact our experts today by calling (800) 362-3588.