Houston DACA Attorney
DREAM Act / Deferred Action Lawyer Ready to Assist You
"Dream" Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an order issued by President Obama on June 15, 2012, that made a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) process for deferring action against people who came to the U.S. as children. DACA was not passed as legislation, but it includes portions of the famously known DREAM Act.
On August 15, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started accepting I-821D form applications for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers the following benefits:
- Deferred action on deportation and removal proceedings for two years
- Permission to work in the U.S. for certain undocumented workers
- Other privileges may apply, such as qualifying for a driver's license
- Granting of a Social Security card
- Eligibility for obtaining a state driver's license
It is critical to work with a DACA lawyer in Houston to fully understand your legal options and those of your children. In the event that you apply on your own and your application is denied, you have no right to appeal your case. You have one shot, so you must do it right the first time.
Contact our Houston DREAM Act lawyer from The Law Office of Mana Yegani to understand the DACA application, your rights, and your privileges. Call (832) 981-2170 or contact us online for an appointment. Se habla Español.
Are You Eligible For DACA?
Evidence of your presence in the U.S., a birth certificate, school records, and any military service records are a few of the requirements for the application.
Criteria for Deferred Action eligibility:
- Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Entered the U.S. before 16th birthday
- Resided in U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007, up to present
- Physically present in U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at time of application
- Entered U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Currently enrolled in school, graduated or obtained a certificate of high school completion, obtained GED or were honorably discharged from U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces
- Not convicted of a felony, a "significant misdemeanor" or three or more other misdemeanors, or do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
About the DACA Application
The DACA application itself consists of three forms (I-821D, I-765, I-765WS) and applicants must pass a background check. If you have a juvenile criminal record or other criminal convictions, you should consult with a deferred action lawyer in Houston.
Do Not Work With Notarios
DHS processes tens of thousands of DACA applications each month, and Texas receives the second most requests, only after California. Many applications undergo delays, and some are rejected. Don't fall for the scorns of fraudulent legal advisors infamously knows as "notarios." Notarios are not lawyers. Don't let your case get denied or delayed. Hire an immigration lawyer near you who has experience in Deferred Action cases.
DACA Application Fee
It costs $495 to apply for DACA. This goes for new applications and renewals. USCIS will accept money orders, cashier's checks, and personal checks made payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security". Do not use any abbreviations. Fee exemptions are available to those who are eligible, otherwise fee assistance may be available near you.
Get Help With DACA in Houston. Call (832) 981-2170.
Mana Yegani is a trusted adviser to people seeking DACA. She hosts Q&A sessions and presents at community meetings throughout Houston regarding the DREAM Act and Deferred Action. She has conducted several community presentations at the Mexican consulate regarding the DREAM Act and has spoken to community members at the consulate of Honduras in Houston. Working with our skilled legal team, she is knowledgeable and able to answer any of your immigration-related questions.
Our DACA attorney in Houston handles a host of immigration matters. Call (832) 981-2170 to learn more. We speak English and Spanish!