Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service is now accepting applications for Deferred Action.
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that it will offer Deferred Action for two years to certain young people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other eligibility criteria. Individuals who receive Deferred Action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the U.S. for the duration of the grant. Individuals who receive Deferred Action can also apply for work authorization.
Individuals in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceedings will be able to affirmatively request deferred action from USCIS.
According to USCIS, an individual who meets the following criteria may apply for deferred action:
1. Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the U.S. before reaching his/her 16th birthday;
3. Has continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. Was physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of application to USCIS;
5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
6. Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a GED, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces; and
7. Has not been convicted of a felony, a “significant misdemeanor,” three or more other misdemeanors, or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.