Immigration Law News: The Deferred Action Program

Immigration law is complex, and until recently, dealt harshly with young adult immigrants. The new Deferred Action Program recently enacted by President Obama is intended to help undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as infants or children gain a reprieve.

The Deferred Action Program is in response to the concern for the 1.8 million young adults who would otherwise have no legal status. The young people can apply to receive a two-year reprieve from being deported, and their status may be renewed every two years. Benefits of the program include the ability to work legally in the US, as well get a driver’s license, and Social Security number.

To qualify for the Deferred Action Program, you must have arrived here while under the age of 16 and you must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. You also must have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 to present. If you do not have a high school diploma or G.E.D., you must be currently enrolled in school. If you have a criminal record you may not be eligible for the program.

The government will begin accepting applications online on August 15. The fee to apply is $465 and covers the costs of getting the employment authorization document and biometrics (fingerprinting) fee.

The specific instructions for the deferred action program will be released on August 15. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, the immigration attorneys at Boone Beale stand ready to answer your immigration questions and concerns about the new Deferred Action Program.