On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that immigrants who arrive to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines listed below may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is discretionary determination to prevent removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to present time;
4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making your request for deferred action with USCIS;
5. Entered without inspection or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
6. 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
7. 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.
If a student qualifies for Deferred Action, it is highly recommended they apply because it will ease the process of completing high school, graduating and planning for post high school options, making plans into a reality.
If you would like to learn more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), please click on the link below. It will take you the US Center for Immigration Services (USCIS) webpage.