In June of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. The program provides qualifying individuals:
Permission to Stay – DACA provides permission for individuals to be present in the U.S. for up to two years or during the deferred action period.
Opportunity to Renew – DACA can be renewed. You cannot age-out of the DACA program.
Benefits – Those who receive deferred action can apply for a work permit and get a social security number and drivers license.
Even though being granted DACA means you become lawfully present in the United States it will NOT change your immigration status and is NOT a pathway to citizenship. DACA and the benefits received do not extend to family members and can be terminated at any time.