Eligibility for Deferred Action
|To be eligible for Deferred Action, applicants must provide verifiable documentation showing that they:|
|1.||Arrived in the U.S. – lawfully or unlawfully – when they were under the age of 16;|
|2.||Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012, and were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 (the date of the memorandum);|
|3.||Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, or have obtained a GED certificate;|
|4.||Were not above the age of 30 on June 15, 2012, and are at least 15 at the time they apply (no minimum age if they are already under a final order of removal);|
|5.||Have no significant criminal record and are not a threat to public safety.|
For many applicants, it will be a challenge finding verifiable documentation of their arrival in the U.S., continuous residence during the last five years, and presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012. An experienced immigration attorney can help those individuals identify and prepare the best possible evidence to support their cases.