USCIS Report on DACA Recipients

Last week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a report entitled "Characteristics of Individuals Requesting and Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)." The report presents the demographics of who has requested and who has been approved for DACA from August 2012 to September 2013.

DACA is a program that the Obama administration implemented in August 2012. It is still ongoing. DACA allows individuals who meet the following criteria to remain in the United States for two years in deferred action status and to obtain employment authorization:

1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

The report presents data based on age, gender, country of birth, marital status, and geographical location at the time of filing.

You can read the full report at: