We occasionally post guest blogs. This guest blog is from Audrey Biggar, an immigration attorney in Huntsville, Texas.
It has been one year since United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While the DACA program does not provide permanent legal status or a path to citizenship, it does provide a two-year benefit of deferral from deportation. It is also renewable. An individual that is granted deferred action is also eligible for employment authorization during the two year period.
In addition to temporary relief from deportation, recipients of DACA can gain the following benefits:
- Obtain a driver’s license
- Obtain a social security card
- Obtain new employment
- Obtain credit
- Attend college
- Apply for privately funded or state sponsored scholarships (DACA applicants are not eligible for Federal grants or benefits).
- Obtain permission to travel outside the U.S. for humanitarian, employment, or educational reasons (Always consult with an attorney before traveling outside the United States).