What Is Deferred Action?
"It makes no sense to expel talented young people
who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans."
- Barack Obama
Deferred Action is a new policy developed by the Department of Homeland Security designed to allow
certain people who did not intentionally violate immigration law to continue to live and work in the United
What this means is that children who were brought into the United States illegally and who have grown
up in America did not set out to break any immigration laws. Since they are not responsible for what
happened when they were young it is unreasonable to punish them. The DHS has decided that it is
unnecessary to deport eligible immigrants if they meet certain guidelines.
In order to receive this benefit you must file an application for Deferred Action along with an application
for employment authorization. If approved, you will be able to work in the United States legally.
Who Is Eligible For Deferred Action?
In order to be eligible for Deferred Action you must:
- Have entered the United States when you were younger than 16 years of age;
- Have been in the United States for five years prior to June 15, 2012 (small trips outside of the United States for humanitarian reasons won't impact
- Be older than 15 to apply;
- Not be older than 30 years of age;
- Have either graduated from a high school or equivalent, enrolled in school or are a veteran of the United States military;
- Submit to a background check and have a clean record without felonies, misdemeanors (other than maybe one or two small misdemeanors), or any evidence of you being a threat to the country.
What Are The Required Documents For Filing Deferred Action?
When you file for Deferred Action you will need to provide documentation that proves that you qualify.
- To demonstrate that you came to the United States before you were 16, that you have lived in the United States for five years and that you were in
the United States as of June 15th, 2012 you will need
- Financial records,
- Medical records,
- School records,
- Employment records or
- Military records.
- To show that you are in school, graduated, in the military or were honorably discharged you will need a
- GED certificate,
- Report card,
- High-school transcript,
- Report of separation form,
- Military personnel record or
- Military health record.