More than 300,000 young undocumented immigrants have requested Deferred Action. With estimates of eligible undocumented youth as high as 1.7 million, it is clear that not everyone who could receive the benefits of Deferred Action is applying.
Young undocumented immigrants are often referred to as DREAMers. The DREAM Act has been debated over the last ten years, but its future is still uncertain. Deferred Action does not provide undocumented youth legal status nor a path to citizenship, but it does offer benefits that no recent immigration policy can achieve.
The following are the benefits you can expect to receive when your Deferred Action is approved:
- A reprieve from deportation
- A work authorization
- A driver’s license, subject to approval by state
Deferred Action lasts for two years and can be renewed.
Remember that in order to be approved for Deferred Action, you have to prove that you began living in the country before your 16th birthday, you were younger than 31 years old before June 15, 2012, you were present in the country on June 15, 2012, and you entered without inspection or your lawful status has expired since June 15, 2012.
Requesting Deferred Action is a process that involves the submission of evidence proving eligibility and the proper completion of forms I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, I-765WS, the Worksheet.