Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) allows certain individuals who came to the United States as children and who meet specific guidelines, to request deferred action [DACA] from USCIS. People who are granted DACA will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed [deported] from the United States while it is still current unless it is terminated. DACA recipients can also request employment authorization [work permit]. You can request DACA if you:
-Were under 31 years old on June 15, 2012
-Came to the United States before you were 16 years old
-Have been living in the United States continuously from June 15, 2007 till you applied from DACA
-Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and also when you applied for DACA
-Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your immigration status had expired by June 15, 2012
-Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran
-Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and -Do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.