In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all consultations will be conducted by phone or Skype until further notice. We are open and fully operational for servicing our clients and conducting consultations, but our office will be closed to the public. Please contact the firm for more information.

Achieve Your Immigration Goals in The U.S. Trust your case to the honest & caring attorneys at Milla & Associates.

Understanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Our Chicago Immigration Attorneys Can Help You Receive And Renew Daca Benefits

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a federal program initiated in 2012 to provide protection from removal from the United States and employment authorization for certain young undocumented individuals who entered the United State as minors.

While it is important to understand what DACA can do and how it could impact your immigration goals, it is just as important to understand what this federal program cannot do. DACA does not grant anyone a visa status and it is not a permanent benefit. This program does, however, allow eligible applicants to receive a two-year deferral of removal (deportation) and two years of employment authorization where need can be shown. Such benefits can be crucial to individuals dreaming of a day when they can emerge from the shadows and live in the United States without fear of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and removal (deportation).

With DACA, young persons are able to obtain a work authorization card, Social Security number, and possibly a state driver's license and ID. DACA recipients can seek employment and pursue and/or continue goals for work, school, family, and more. While DACA may not be a long-term solution to our broken United States immigration system, it offers significant benefits that are worth exploring.

Learn more about applying for and renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by speaking with our experienced immigration attorneys in our downtown Chicago office.

Are You Eligible For Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (Daca)?

To qualify for deferred action, an applicant must meet a set of eligibility requirements, including:

  • You must have entered the United States before the age of 16.
  • You must have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of your application for deferred action.
  • You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  • You must have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007, until the date of applying for deferred action.
  • You must have entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or had your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012.
  • You must have no criminal record containing a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors of any nature.
  • You must not pose a threat to the safety of the public and the security of the United States.

In addition, an applicant for deferred action must demonstrate that one of the following applies:

  • You are currently in school.
  • You have graduated from high school or obtained a certificate of high school completion.
  • You have obtained your GED.
  • You are an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces or Coast Guard.

The immigration attorneys at Milla & Associates, LLC are availableto answer any questions that you may have regarding applying for or renewing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • Filing initial applications for Deferred Action
  • Renewing applications for existing Deferred Action recipients
  • Pursuing applications and renewals for Employment Authorization Documents related to Deferred Action
  • Submitting applications for Advance Parole documents for travel outside of the United States based on Deferred Action
  • Strategizing immigration cases where individuals eligible for Deferred Action and existing Deferred Action recipients may also be eligible for other immigration benefits in the United States, such as immigrant visas and permanent resident status ("green card") based on family ties in the United States

Call to schedule a consultation and discuss your eligibility to apply for and/or renew DACA, contact our firm as soon as possible. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve your immigration goals in the United States.

  • He is very friendly, cool, patient and understanding.

    “I had a great experience having Robert as my attorney. He is very knowledgeable (he knows ins and outs of immigration matters). He is very friendly, cool, patient and understanding. He addressed all my questions and concerns. He is very responsive and organized. Any time I contacted him or his office, I had received my answer without any delay. He offers meaningful advice regarding your specific case. I highly recommend him for anyone in need of immigration attorney.”

    S. K.

  • Highly recommended!

    “My wife and I used Robert Milla as our attorney to file for my wife's green card (through marriage). He was careful, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive (much better than a previous immigration attorney we hired for a different matter). Everything went smoothly with our application and interview, and my wife now has her green card! Highly recommended!”

    Ben

  • Excellent Lawyer!!

    “It was a great opportunity for having Robert Milla as my lawyer in adjusting my immigration status. I highly recommend him!! I consulted few lawyers before but when the first time I met Robert, I felt so comfortable and decided to hire him right away. I am really thankful and very satisfied with his services. Until now I still can't believe that it's not even a week after the interview, I got my Green Card so quickly! I will definitely continue my business with him until I get my citizenship and to help out my family to get here in the US. And also his assistant, Maria did a great job on helping me and answering all my questions regarding my case.”

    Aileen

  • Best lawyer

    “As a client, i was very impressed by the level of profesionalism and knowledge demonstrated by Robert Milla and his staff. I feld confortable, and trusted his abilities to obtain positive outcomes for my immigration case. I highly recommend Robert Milla and his firm”

    Anonymous

  • Robert helped us file the waiver and it was approved today

    “My husband and I had a very complicated I601 and I212 waiver case and had to hire an attorney no matter what. With Robert’s guidance and expertise we were able to put together a very strong argument as to why my husband couldn’t live in Costa Rica and why he needed me with him. Robert helped us file the waiver and it was approved today, November 21st 2013!!!”

    Paula & Jacob

  • We can't say enough good things about Robert!

    “We can't say enough good things about Robert!”

    Georgia K.

  • Excellent Service Better Attorney

    “Robert made sure I understood everything that was going on ad answered all my questions to the best of his knowledge. Before going to Robert for my immigration status, I looked around but other attorneys were not nearly as insightful or helpful as Robert. Robert always made sure that I was prepared for everything that I was going to through. For the interview he prepared me so well that I was not nervous when talking to the officers. Robert made sure I was aware of all the possible outcomes when I acquired his services. Robert made sure that I had the best experience possible for the trials that I was going to face with the immigration process. Result: Form I-751 Petition with waiver of joint filing (good faith marriage that ended in divorce) approved”

    Anubis

  • Excellent Lawyer! Helped out so much forever will be ...

    “Mr. Vicario had recently work on my immigration case. He always kept me informed in everything that was going on or if I needed other documents. he showed that he really genuinely cared about my case. I will forever be grateful with his hard work and dedication. now I am living a better life and worry free. I did speak to other lawyers before him but the minute I spoke to him I trusted him. I will recommend Mr. Vicario, he has worked on other family members cases and I been speaking to friends who need immigration services.”

    Betzaira

  • Thank you so much

    “I thank God for put Robert on my way. I had a complicated VAWA case due to domestic violence (DV), I had others immigration attorneys opinions where they did not give me much hopes because my short marriage. I got Robert's information from a DV organization, got a free consultation and with not doubt I hired him. He is an excellent attorney, knows what he is doing and how to put your case on the right path. As I mentioned my case was complicated and with God's help, Robert's made it easier. My DV case was approved with no inconvenience and got my interview 6 months after my approval, he prepared me one week before my interview and got me ready for the best and the worst scenario. Thank God in my interview I got approved on the spot and after a week I got my green card. Another important thing is that he is affordable, he has a huge heart and always answered my questions when I had any. I also want to thank his receptionist Sylvia, she was so kind and assisted me during my process after my assistant Maria was gone. If you need an attorney with experience, very reasonable price but with quality and compassion then Robert is the one you need.”

    Anonymous

  • Excellent service!

    “Strongly recommend for marriage based immigrant! Excellent service!”

    Viet