U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will begin accepting applications for those who are eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on February 18, 2015.
The requirements for eligibility are:
- You entered the U.S. prior to your 16th birthday;
- You have been continuously present since January 1, 2010;
- You were present and without lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014;
- You have graduated from High School, obtained a GED or are currently in school (approved GED and ESL classes count);
- You have not been convicted of a "significant misdemeanor," more than 3 misdemeanors, or a felony.
There is no longer the requirement that you have been born since June 15, 1981.
The forms that must be filed are:
- G-1145 (optional if you want email or text notice of receipt)
The filing fee is $465. You can find the forms and instructions at uscis.gov/forms. Do not trust your application for Executive Action to a notary. If you want help, contact an attorney, accredited BIA provider or an approved clinic.
The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic will assist with the preparation of DACA initial and renewal applications beginning on Monday March 23, 2015. You can contact the Clinic by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a message by calling 888-497-0018.