Deferred Action for Child Arrivals
On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security announce the exciting news that certain young people who were brought to the United States as children may apply for “deferred action” and employment authorization. This new program will be similar to the proposed law known as the “DREAM Act.” Starting on August 15, 2012, eligible individuals will be able to start applying for deferred action with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). This includes people who:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching their 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 make a request for deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection (“illegally”) before June 15, 2012, or had their lawful immigration status expire 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.
Individuals granted Deferred Action for Child Arrivals will receive employment authorization for an initial period of two years.
This summary of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals does not represent legal advice to any specific case. Interested applicants are advised to consult with an immigration attorney prior to initiating the process.