June 15, 2012
Obama administration to grant deferred action and work permits to young undocumented immigrants
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that 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 removal from 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.
In order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:
- Have entered the United States prior to the age of sixteen;
It should be noted that individuals eligible for deferred action are not eligible for lawful status (permanent residency or citizenship). Further, it does not absolve individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence. It also does not provide dependents or immediate relatives with work authorization or deferred action.
All eligible applicants will be required to undergo a background check and biometrics. Applicants will also have to provide documentation to prove that he/she meets the eligibility requirements. Documentation can include financial records, medical records, school records, employment records or military records.