Breaking News: Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced today that it will offer deferred action for young people who are low enforcement priorities who meet specific requirements (see here).

According to the DHS press release: "...effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removalfrom the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization."

The press release states that individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:

  1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.

Only those individuals who can document that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. To be eligible, individuals must currently be in the United States and have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years.

While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days.

If you believe you may be eligible, please give us a call to schedule a consultation so that we may review your situation.

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