Atlanta, GA—Individuals who are interested in applying for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or recently had their DACA application approved might be wondering what benefits they are entitled to. The most important, of course, is protection from deportation. The DACA program was designed to protect individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children from being entered into removal proceedings for a certain period of time.
The DACA program was established on June 15, 2012, and although it has received some scrutiny from lawmakers, it is currently in full effect.
Things DACA Recipients Are Entitled To
In addition to being protected from being deported for two years at a time, DACA recipients might also be eligible to receive the following benefits:
- Obtain a work permit. When an individual applies for DACA, they are also required to submit Form I-765 as well as I-765 Worksheet. If USCIS determines that an individual qualifies for DACA, they will usually provide them with an EAD, or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). An EAD allows an individual to legally work in the U.S.
- Apply for renewal. As mentioned, DACA recipients are granted protection for two years at a time. If they maintain good status and continue to qualify for this benefit, they can submit a DACA renewal request so that they can continue to live and work in the U.S.
- Obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). With a valid SSN, individuals can apply for credit cards, file taxes, etc.
- Obtain a driver’s license. Being able to drive is a big plus for many individuals who need to get around, whether it is to go to school or work. Between having a job, SSN, and a driver’s license a DACA recipient may be able to get a vehicle in their own name and build their credit.
Things the DACA Program Doesn’t Do
While it certainly helps an individual to be granted DACA status so that they are able to live and work in the U.S. without having to worry about being deported, there are certain benefits DACA recipients are not eligible to receive. As a DACA recipient, an individual will not be:
- Considered as having lawful status.
- Entitled to receive certain types of government benefits such as food stamps.
Get Help With Applying for DACA in Atlanta, GA
If an individual is considering applying for DACA or is ready to start the application process, the Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration are prepared to help. The attorneys at this firm will first check to be sure the individual meets all of USCIS’S eligibility requirements and then help them get their forms filled out and filed.
In addition, the lawyers at Kuck | Baxter Immigration will also help an applicant identify what forms of documentation they need to prove they qualify for DACA benefits. For those who are interested in applying for DACA or have questions they can’t find a clear answer to, they are encouraged to contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration 404-816-8611 to schedule an initial consultation.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration can be reached at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350