Washington, DC immigration attorneys regularly monitor any policy changes that occur. While comprehensive immigration reform remains elusive, positive changes to immigration policy have occurred within the past two years. One major policy change that we would like to discuss is that in September 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The purpose of the Deferred Action program is to give legal immigration status to aliens who arrived in the United States as children, and who meet certain criteria. The result of the Deferred Action program is to reward aliens who have lived productive, law-abiding lives in the United States for a number of years.
You may be eligible to apply for Deferred Action if you: 1) arrived in the U.S prior to your 16th birthday; 2) Resided in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007; 3) were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and were under the age of 31 as of that date; 4) are currently in high school, or graduated high school, or obtained a GED; 5) have not been convicted of a felony or a “significant misdemeanor.”
If you meet the above requirements, you may be eligible to apply for Deferred Action. If granted, Deferred Action allow you to apply for and receive employment authorization, so that you can legally work in the U.S. More importantly, you will be considered lawfully present in the U.S., and can sleep easier at night, without fear of being discovered and deported.
Determining if you meet the eligibility requirements for Deferred Action, and successfully completing the Deferred Action application can be challenging. A Washington, DC immigration lawyer with experience in filing Deferred Action applications can help you avoid mistakes that may result in approval of your application being delayed or denied.