Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applies to certain individuals that arrived in the United States as children and consider this country their home. If the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) grants deferred action, the beneficiary will not be subjected to removal proceedings or be removed from the United States for a specified period of time (for example 2 years.) Those with deferred action status may also be eligible for employment authorization.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will grant Deferred Action status to the applicant if he/she:
- Passes a background check;
- Came into the United States before turning the age of 16;
- Has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2012 up to the present time;
- Entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012 or his/her lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Is currently enrolled in school, has graduated high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offence, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
For assistance in applying for Deferred Action Status, or for more information on immigration proceedings generally, please contact one of the attorney’s at LOIGICA, P.A.. We will be happy to assist you in any of your immigration matters. We look forward to helping you.