There is a great deal of hope and excitement surrounding the June 15, 2012 announcement of the deferred action process for young adults who were brought to the U.S. as young children. It is important for anyone considering applying to understand that a grant of deferred action does not lead to lawful permanent residency status or U.S. Citizenship. Rather, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be protected from deportation for the duration of their deferred action status (valid for two year periods) and will be eligible to apply for work authorization if they are able to demonstrate economic necessity:
- Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
- Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained
a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged
veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- 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.
Although effective immediately, USCIS has indicated any request submitted prior to the 60-day window the agency has been given to establish a process, will be rejected.
As with previous immigration opportunities, there will be many notaries, counselors and others who will take advantage of vulnerable individuals by collecting significant amounts of money for work they are not qualified to handle. Please be careful.
U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP has over 35 years of experience practicing exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law.
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP will be hosting FREE weekly information sessions on the topic in English and Spanish. One of our experienced attorneys will conduct the presentation and answer any questions that may arise. Our next session will take place Tuesday, July 24th at 5:00 p.m. at the Village 1505 E. 17th Street Conference Room Santa Ana, CA 92705.