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App may aid Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals candidates

Technological advancements have made the completion of a variety of tasks easier for individuals throughout South Florida and the entire world. These advancements have impacted businesses as well as individuals. Perhaps the most widespread example of this is the prevalence of smartphones upon which a variety of apps may be run. As it turns out, some of those apps may be useful in keeping some young undocumented immigrants in the United States. 

One of these apps is called Pocket DACA. The app was created through the joint effort of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Own the Dream and the American Immigration Council. It is meant to help these young immigrants determine whether they qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

We have written a fair amount about DACA in the past. Assuming an undocumented immigrant meets a series of requirements, he or she may be able avoid deportation and even secure a work permit. The process of even determining whether one qualifies can be time intensive and financially expensive. The app, helps a potential applicant determine whether he or she qualifies for the program. This is accomplished through a pre-screening interview that a user can complete.

This is not the only way in which this app may be of assistance to a young undocumented immigrant. It also provides additional information on the program and even contact information for those who may be able to provide legal assistance in the matter. As those who have experienced the immigration system are likely aware, working with an immigration attorney often simplifies the process.

Source: United Press International, ”Smartphone apps could help immigrants achieve citizenship,” Catherine Brzycki , Oct. 23, 2013

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