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To qualify for deferred action or the DREAM Act, you must meet specific criteria and follow sometimes complex immigration procedures. 

Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) is a type of relief granted to certain undocumented children at the discretion of USCIS. DACA provides temporary exemption from the threat of deportation. Deferred action is granted on a case by case basis and the following are some of the criteria you must meet:

  • You entered the U.S. before age 16;
  • You have lived in the U.S. continuously since the beginning of 2010;
  • You have graduated from high school, are enrolled in school, have a GED, or have received honorable discharge from the military;
  • You have no convictions on your record for felonies or serious or multiple misdemeanors; and
  • You are not a threat to safety or national security.

Even if you meet these criteria, you are not guaranteed deferred action by USCIS. To increase your chances of qualifying for DACA, you should always have our immigration team at McBride Law helping you through the process to ensure your application materials are timely and accurate.