DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS
Certain young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children and who meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country. This process takes away the immediate threat of deportation.
Those who meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, along with work authorization. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
- Are under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and are physically present in the U.S. at the time of request for deferred action;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated 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 U.S.;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- Are 15 years of age or older, if not subject to a final order of removal.
Individuals must also complete a background check. All cases are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you require assistance with your case or want to see if you qualify for deferred action, contact our office for a consultation.