Colorado Immigration Lawyer

Deferred Action – Benefits for Immigrants!!

President Obama has taken an important step for Immigration Reform!

On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that, effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. They must not present a risk to national security or public safety, and they must meet several key criteria. 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!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Came to the United States before reaching his or her 16th birthday.
  • Continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 – up to the present time.
  • Must be 15 years of age or older at the time of filing.
  • Was present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making a request for deferred action.
  • Entered without inspection (illegally) before June 15, 2012, or his or her lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
  • Be currently enrolled in school, graduated from high school, obtained a GED certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and/or Armed Forces of the U.S.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors; or otherwise pose a threat to national security/public safety.
  • Was under the age of 30 as of June 15, 2012.

Individuals may begin to request consideration for deferred action and file their forms with USCIS on August 15, 2012. The government filing fee for deferred action is $465 with no fee waivers available. This process is only for those who meet the specific guidelines above.

Contact Colorado Immigration Lawyer as soon as possible to discuss whether you or your loved ones qualify for this immigration relief that is now available!