What is Deferred Action?
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced that it will offer deferred action to certain immigrant children who were brought to the United States. Deferred action provides temporary relief from enforcement but may be revoked at any time. Deferred action is not amnesty, immunity, nor does it provide a way to obtain a green card. It only applies to those who meet the criteria and not to any family members of the qualifying individual.
Essentially, deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual. An individual whose case has been deferred is eligible to receive work permits and work authorization for the period of deferred action, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.”
It only applies to those who meet the criteria and not to any family members of the qualifying individual.
Who Is Eligible For Deferred Action?
In order to qualify, individuals must:
- have entered the United States before their 16th birthday;
- have been under age 31 and had no valid immigration status on June 15, 2012;
- have continuously resided in the United States between June 15, 2007 and the present;
- be enrolled in school on the date of the request, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces;
- have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Deferred action will only apply for those who are 15 or older, unless they are currently in deportation proceedings or have a final order of removal or voluntary departure.
What Can Carson & Kyung Do?
Carson & Kyung are an experienced law firm helping immigration clients all across the United States and the world. We have clients in several States and in other countries like Dubai, Iran, Armenia, Korea, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Ukraine, and many more. We can help you regardless of your location. We look forward to answering all of your questions about the new Deferred Action Law.
Do you think you qualify? Give us a call for a consultation and let us help you! Please contact our immigration law office if you have any questions.
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