Why Has the Number of DACA Applications Increased in the United States?
A five-year work authorization along with ‘deferred action’ for any deportation proceedings is granted by this program. The application cannot be revoked without good reason during this period, and it allows one to apply for a US social security card and a driver’s license. As per the USCIS, the spike in applications can be attributed to President Trump taking office. He has made it clear that all illegal immigrants would be deported regardless of their age or how long they have been away from their country of origin.
President Trump had explicitly mentioned DACA illegals while making this statement during his election campaign. The Obama administration had allowed DACA registration for those who entered the US illegally before June 2007. These undocumented youths were also granted temporary stay if they met certain conditions, such as arriving in the US before turning 16 years old, being below 31 when applying for DACA status, having lived continuously in the US since June 15, 2007, and finishing school among other things.
Some people are eligible for DACA but have not applied
The problem is they don’t know how to apply, and they don’t have an advocate who would help navigate through this very complex process where they could be denied later on. There are many reasons why people put off applying for a green card despite being eligible.
Lawyers charge anywhere from $500 to $2000 to fill out the applications even if you have all your documents together. You might be turned down initially because you received civil traffic violations or, your credit report shows one late payment that is only three months behind. Lawyer fees can cost anywhere from $1000 to $3000 for initial filing and another $1500 or more if you need a follow-up.
This has caused an increase in applications because they may be afraid of being deported if their application is rejected
The most common reason for a denial is usually that they did not or could not meet the continuance of residence requirement. This happens because people will be out of the country longer than six months at a time. Many people do this because they have to work and support their families and can’t always take breaks from work. This is why there has been an increase in applications since it has become hard to get them without having any criminal background, which is typical for immigrants coming into the US.
A spike in Applications may also mean that many of these undocumented immigrants now feel comfortable enough to apply for DACA after Trump becomes president.
There were 800,000 applicants to DACA before it was rescinded and many more since then – this number will likely continue to grow as long as President Trump continues his crackdown on immigration
There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States, but only about 800 thousand of them have applied for DACA status. This means a significant and growing demand for protection from deportation within the United States, but only a fraction of those who could do so. So why don’t more unauthorized residents seek protection? What does it take to go through this process?
The first thing you must do is apply for DACA status, which is an extensive process on its own – you need to provide documentation to prove your identity, proof of residence, education records, and possibly even a police report. The application itself must be filled out and submitted correctly, which is not an easy feat in itself – the forms are available only online.
It does not provide lawful status or citizenship, but it does protect from deportation for two years and provides work authorization and social security benefits (if applicable)
It protects unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the US as children by their parents from being deported and applies to certain people without immigration status raised in this country from childhood. The program was established by a June 2012 executive action signed by President Obama, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). With DACA, beneficiaries have work authorization and protection from deportation. A person granted deferred action through this process does not have lawful permanent resident status or US citizenship but is typically considered lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect
The DHS has indicated that I-821D applications will be accepted for one month following the date on which USCIS receives applications under new guidelines. This would be April 18, 2015, and USCIS will no longer take the I-821D form after that date.
However, despite the announcement that new DACA applications would not be accepted, many people have been applying for DACA anyway. They may believe that they meet all the requirements or perhaps were planning to use always – or maybe they are just taking a gamble since there is no harm in trying.
For more information, you may ask or consult with Houston immigration lawyers.