Deferred Action for Young People
On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that Deferred Action—a process where a young person between the age of 16 and 30, who came to the United States prior to their 16th birthday, has been in the United States for five years, is in school has graduated from High School or received their GED, and who has not committed a felony or certain misdemeanors, can obtain the right to work in the United States, a driver’s license and Social Security number—and a promise that they will not be deported. This is an administrative step that implements some of the provisions of “The Dream Act,” which has failed to pass a Congressional vote.
The Department of Homeland Security is promulgating rules and processes for this unique—very exciting new program. They have initially said that once the Deferred Action is registered for a person, it can be renewed every two years indefinitely. We should know by mid-August, 2012, just what the requirements should be.
At a minimum, Dreamers should gather school or medical records to show their physical presence in the United States. Also, we will need transcripts or a copy of your relevant diploma. Also, it will be a good idea to start collecting your receipts to prove the economic necessity for work authorization.
We believe that this will be just the first of many positive steps that will eventually translate into lawful status for not only the “Dreamers” but also Comprehensive Immigration Reform for all those who have waited for it for many years.
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