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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

To be eligible for deferred action status, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You came to the United States under the age of sixteen
  • You are currently in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
  • You are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a G.E.D., or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • You have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety
  • You are not above the age of thirty
In addition, you must complete a background check and you must be over the age of 15, unless you are currently subject to a deportation order (order of final removal).

How Deferred Action Status Will Help You

If you are in this country illegally, but are otherwise fulfilling all the standards of a good citizen, deferred action status will help you in many ways. It will:

  • Protect you from deportation
  • Allow you to work legally
  • Let you remain in the country indefinitely as long as you renew your status


After applying for Deferred Action, applicants can apply for Advance Parole through an I-131 application. I-131 will only be approved if the reason for travel is humanitarian, educational, or employment related. I-131 application fee is an additional $360.


The cost to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be $465 ($380 I-765 EAD work permit application & $85 biometrics fee)

Why Choose the Law Offcies of Mercy Sequeira to Help with Your DACA Application

For some people the process may be relatively straightforward, but for other people it will be very complex. We can help you document your eligibility so your application gets accepted the first time. For some applicants the process may be relatively straightforward, but for others it may be extremely complex.
Our offices offers payment plans so you can get the help you need at a cost you can afford.