The Obama Administration's Dream Relief
On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced it will be granting deferred action relief to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceeding the date of the Secretary's memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of the Secretary's memorandum;
- 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;
- have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;and
- are not above the age of thirty.
If you meet the above criteria, you will be eligible for deferred action even if you are currently in proceedings or are already subject to an order of removal.
Upon being granted deferred action, you will be eligible to apply for employment authorization if you can demonstrate economic necessity. Our firm can help you prove this. The government is exploring the issue of whether individuals granted deferred action will be eligible to travel outside the United States.
It is important to understand that deferred action is not an amnesty program and does not lead to permanent lawful status, also know as a "green card." With that said, this is a tremendous step in the right direction and a welcome to all people who continue to wait in anticipation of the comprehensive immigration reform this country needs.
Cape Immigration Law Group can help you apply for and obtain deferred action. Contact us today at 703-549-2599 to start living out your dream!