IMMIGRATION SERVICES

UNDER THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS 

Attorney Brigid Campo will be helping eligible immigrants apply for deferred action and work authorization under a Directive announced on June 15, 2012: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").  This directive was put into place in recognition that there are many young people living in the United States who first came into the country when they were children without the intent to break the law, and through no fault of their own; these individuals have worked hard to establish a good life in the United States, have families in the United States, and the United States is now truly their home.  Some have no memory of living in a country other than the United States, but nonetheless were previously unable to obtain authorization to work in the United States.  DACA is a program designed to confer temporary changes for eligible people.

Given the expected high need for assistance in applying for DACA, Attorney Brigid Campo will be assisting eligible applicants throughout Southern California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara.  Attorney Brigid Campo is also committed to giving back to the community and has pledged to take representation and assistance for a number of applicants on a "pro bono" basis, that is - she will not charge them a fee for for her legal services.  Attorney Campo will also be volunteering at numerous non-

profit workshops and seminars to help low-income applicants with the application process.

In addition, Attorney Brigid Campo will be offering free informational seminars on DACA in San Diego county in her law office and also throughout San Diego county.  If you are interested in having her present a seminar for your group, please contact the Law Office of Brigid Campo at (619) 786-0280 or (619) 354-4911 for Spanish.  She will make every attempt to share her information and services with as many people as possible and will be volunteering as a pro bono attorney for various workshops and seminars hosted by area non-profit organizations.

Glossary of Terms & Acronyms -
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

What is deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)?

 

On June 15, 2012, Homeland Security announced that certain people meeting strict requirements could request consideration of deferred action for up to two (2) years, with the possibility of renewal for an extended period, and could also apply for work authorization.

The government has taken this action in recognition that the current immigration system is flawed and in need of change; and this directive will help in transforming the immigration enforcement system into one that is more focused on public safety and is able to use its limited resources on deporting individuals who pose a danger to national security or public safety.  

Who is eligible to apply under DACA?

 

In order to be eligible for deferred action and work authorization, you must meet ALL - that is, each and every of these requirements:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, YOU MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY -- PLEASE CONSULT AN ATTORNEY TO DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY

If you did not qualify based upon the above criteria, but apply anyway, you could be subjected to removal proceedings by USCIS, DHS, and/or CBP.  

It is essential that you ensure you are eligible before you apply!
 

How do I apply under DACA?

 

Starting August 15, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services department ("USCIS") will release the necessary forms to apply.  In addition to completing a request for Deferred Action, in order to request eligibility for work authorization, you will also have to complete those forms and return them with your deferred action application.

All applicants will be required to prove with credible evidence that they meet each and every requirement.  USCIS has indicated that they will consider documents including medical, school, government, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and military records, and possibly other documents when determining whether an applicant has successfully proved that they are eligible to apply.

It will NOT be possible for anyone to apply before August 15, 2012 and it is critical that you do not send your application before that date, as it will be rejected.

The US government has released information stating that their total fees will be $465 (four hundred sixty-five dollars).  

This fee will be separate from any fees paid to your attorney.  It is not necessary to hire an attorney to assist you, however, it is strongly recommended that you have a lawyer review your application and supporting documents before you send in your application, as there will not be any chance to appeal your application if it is rejected.

Be sure that you do not have anyone other than a licensed attorney help you with your application!  The government is expecting that notary publics (also known as notario publicos) or paralegals  may try to scam unsuspecting applicants and charge fees, however, notary publics and paralegals are NOT authorized to help anyone apply under DACA.  You can check to see if the person helping with your application is a licensed attorney in California by checking this website:  http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch