Immigration News: Deferred Action Process for Young People
The Department of Homeland Security announced deferred action process for certain young people who were brought into the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria. These individuals will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following factors will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the June 15, 2012 announcement by the Department of Homeland Security and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate (G.E.D.), or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
5. Are not above the age of thirty.
Applicants for relief will have to show through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria. Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis.
This relief does not provide any continuing immigration status or a pathway to citizenship. Only Congress, through its authority, can confer permanent residence to these individuals. Within the next sixty (60) days, the Department of Homeland Security will provide programs implementing the deferred action process.
If this program may apply to you or someone you know, please consult one of our immigration lawyers who can be reached at (860) 242-2221.
For more information, please contact Attorney Jason Y Gans.