On November 20, 2014, President Obama issued for an expansion of the program DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If you currently have no lawful immigration status you may soon be eligible for the initial or renewal of the expanded DACA program. The new program extends deferred action period and employment authorization from two years to three and can be renewed.

The USCIS is currently not accepting applications for expanded DACA, however, applications and requirements for DACA issued in June 2012, can be found on www.uscis.gov/i-821d.


The following qualifications are required to apply for expanded DACA:

  • Entered the U.S. before 16 and have continuously lived in the U.S. since at least January 1, 2010.
  • High school graduate or obtained a certification of completion of high school (GED). Or, you must currently be in school at the time that you apply for DACA.
  • No convictions of felonies, a significant misdemeanor offense or three misdemeanor offenses.

When you apply, or if you are denied, your information will not be shared with ICE or U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the purpose of deportation. That is, given that there is no evidence of fraud related to the request, evidence of fraud of a criminal offense, or of a threat to public safety or national security. It is important to note that the USCIS is currently not accepting any expanded DACA requests or applications, so beware of immigration scam.

The purpose of this article is to provide helpful, basic information for residents in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York areas. More information, or to subscribe to receive an email when additional information on this is available, can be found on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov. We are here to answer any questions you have and give legal advice concerning this and other legal immigration concerns.

If you are in Connecticut or the New York area, contact Attorney James A. Welcome atjwelcome@welcomelawfirm.com or call 203-753-7300.