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FAQ - How Deferred Action Works

FAQ - How Deferred Action Works

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WARNING:THEREISCURRENTLYNOPROCESSTOAPPLYANDNOAPPLICATIONFORMAVAILABLE.BEWAREOFNOTARIOSANDAGENTSWHOPROMISETOGETYOULEGALSTATUSUNDERTHISPOLICYIFYOUDON’TMEETTHESETCRITERIA.
The Deferre
d Action Policy
 
OnJune15,2012,theDepartmentofHomelandSecurityannouncedaplantoputastoptothedeportationofcertaineligibleyoungpeopleandgrantworkauthorizationtoeveryonewhomeetsthecriteriaforthefederalDREAMAct,sothatyoungpeoplewhowerebroughthereaschildrenandgrewupinthiscountrycouldliveintheUnitedStatesandcontinuetocontributetotheircommunities.
WHAT IS DEFERRED ACTION?
DeferredActionisadiscretionaryauthoritythattheDepartmentofHomelandSecurityusesfromtimetotimetoallowcertaindeservingindividualstherighttoliveandworkintheUnitedStatesforasetperiodoftime.Individualsdonotneedtohaveafinalorderofdeportationtoqualifyforrelief.However,deferredactiondoesnotconferanyonewithlegalstatusorapathwaytocitizenship.ItalsodoesnotpreventDHSfromre-initiatingremovalproceedingsagainstindividuals.Infact,youmaymeetalltherequirementsfortheprogrambutDHShasthelastsayonwhethertograntyoudeferredaction.Individualswhoqualifyandgetdeferredactiondonotaccrueunlawfulpresence.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Individuals must meet
all
of criteria laid out below, in order to qualify:
 Agerequirements
 
Must be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
 
Must have arrived in the United States before the age of 16;
 
If not in removal proceedings, must be at least 15 years old in order to apply.ContinuousPresence
 
Must have lived in the United States continuously for five consecutive years as of the date of the memo, June 15 2012;
 
Must have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012.Good moralcharacter 
 
Must not have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, or three or more misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same dateand not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct.
 
Must not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.Education
 
Must currently be in school or have graduated from high school or have obtained ageneral education development certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteranof the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
 
WARNING:THEREISCURRENTLYNOPROCESSTOAPPLYANDNOAPPLICATIONFORMAVAILABLE.BEWAREOFNOTARIOSANDAGENTSWHOPROMISETOGETYOULEGALSTATUSUNDERTHISPOLICYIFYOUDON’TMEETTHESETCRITERIA.
The Deferre
d Action Policy
 
WHAT IF YOU QUALIFY?
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A WORK PERMIT (EAD)?
*DHSisunclearastowhetherthenewpolicywillallowtraveloutsidetheUnitedStates.Individualsshouldbeadvisedthattheymayriskbarsforunlawfulpresenceandhavedifficultyadjustingtheirstatusinthecountrylatereveniftheyareeventuallygrantedtravelre-entrypermitsundertheplan.
 
 
Nothreatofdeporta,on
:Effec\veimmediately,ICE,CPBandUSCISagentsshouldnotplaceindividualsinremovalproceedingsiftheymeetthecriterialaidoutabove. __________________________________
Forpeoplenotindeporta,onproceedings
:USCIShasbeendirectedtodeviseaplanwithin60daysthatallowspeople15andoldertoaffirma\velyapplyforbothdeferredac\onandworkauthoriza\on.IndividualsmaycalltheUSCIShotlineat1-800-375-5283,from8a.m.to8p.m.,withques\onsontheprocess.
Ifyouareindeporta,onproceedings
,DHSwilladministra\velyclosetheproceedingsandallowyoutoapplyforworkauthoriza\on.Individualswhoareabouttoberemovedandwhobelievetheycandemonstratethattheysa\sfytheeligibilitycriteriashouldimmediatelycontacteithertheLawEnforcementSupportCenter’shotlineat1-855-448-6903(staffed24hoursaday,7daysaweek)ortheICEOfficeofthePublicAdvocatethroughtheOffice’shotlineat1-888-351-4024(staffed9am–5pm,Monday–Friday)orbye-mailatEROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov.
FilloutanI-9toworklegallyObtainaSocialSecurityNumberfromtheSSAObtainaDriver'sLicenseandStateIDinmoststatesfromDMVTravelinsidetheUnitedStates*Getunemploymentbenefitsandhealthinsuranceinsomestates

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this still won't make someone eligible to join the armed forces/coast guard? right?
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Thank you so much for this information..
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