The government is now accepting applications for deferred action for hildhood arrivals. If a person meets the criteria for deferred action, they may be able to remain in the United States for a period of time. In certain circumstances, they may also be eligible to receive employment authorization.
Eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
You may be eligible for deferred action if you meet the following requirements:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion 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 United States; and;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Even if you meet these requirements, you are not guaranteed to receive deferred action. The government ultimately has the discretion to determine whether to grant an individual deferred action on a case by case basis. It may thus be in your best interest to consult an experienced attorney.
If you believe you may qualify for deferred action, please contact our law firm for a consultation.
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