The Department of Homeland Security announced on June 15, 2012 that it will offer deferred action to undocumented youth in the United States who meet certain criteria. The policy is based upon the idea that individuals who entered the United States at a young age did not have the intent to violate the law at the time of entry. Individuals are being granted deferred action if the following criteria are met:
He or she:
- came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- has continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012;
- is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate (G.E.D.), or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, such as a DUI or drug offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
- is not above the age of thirty.
Deferred Action grants an alien the ability to live in the United States without fear of removal during its validity and to work in the United States if he or she is able to demonstrate the economic necessity for employment. An individual will qualify for deferred action even if he or she is currently in removal proceedings or is subject to a final order of removal. If you believe that you qualify for deferred action under this policy memorandum, please contact the May Law Group, LLC for more information. As soon as the Department of Homeland Security begins to accept these applications, May Law Group, LCC, will begin to affirmatively file them for its clients.