Deferred action allows for certain people who came to the United States as children to defer removal action against them. Though Deferred Action does not give one lawful status, it does provide a number of benefits: employment authorization, the possibility of a driver's license and the ability to live in the United States for a period of time without fear of deportation.
What are the Requirements?
Deferred Action is limited to certain individuals who meet the following requirements:
1. Under age 16 as of June 15, 2012 (Born on or after June 16, 1981)
2. Came to the United States before his/her 16th birthday
3. Lived continuously in United States since June 15, 2007
Note: a short, temporary trip abroad may be acceptable.
4. Physical Presence in U.S. on June 15, 2012 and every day since August 15, 2012
5. Must currently not have lawful status.
6. Must be at least 15 years old, unless he/she is currently in removal proceedings.
7. Must have obtained a certification of completion from H.S. or alternative (GED, HSED), or currently in school, or honorably discharged from U.S. Armed Services
8. Must not have been convicted of a felony, "Significant Misdemeanor" or 3 Misdemeanors
9. Must not pose a threat to national security
Think you qualify or have a question about Deferred Action? Please contact our office