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Overview of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On August 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security made an announcement that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would begin considering deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Deferred action is considered a discretionary determination of which when allowed, would defer the removal action of an individual; this process is strictly done on a case-by-case basis. The process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or American citizenship; however, those whose cases are deferred will not face removal proceedings for two years, subject to renewal. What's more, those who are approved may receive employment authorization, meaning they can work legally while here in the United States. In order to be considered for deferred action, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have come to the United States before your 16th birthday;
  • You must have been physically present in the United States since June 15, 2007 up to present day;
  • You must have been under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012;
  • You must be currently enrolled in school, or have graduated from high school, or obtained your GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or the Coast Guard;
  • You cannot have been convicted of three or more misdemeanors, a significant misdemeanor, convicted of a felony, or otherwise be considered a threat to society; and
  • You must have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and you must be present at the time you made your request for consideration for deferred action with the USCIS.

If you meet the above guidelines or if you would like to find out if your loved one qualifies under the above guidelines, you are urged to contact a North Carolina immigration attorney from Robert Brown LLC. Regardless of the issue you are facing, our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience of the immigration laws to assist you in your legal matter. Our lead attorney Robert Brown is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest rating an attorney can achieve for legal ability and professional competence. Attorneys Rishi Oza and Aleksandar Cuic have both including in the selection of Rising Stars® by Super Lawyers®, which no more than 2.5% of attorneys in a state obtain.

If you are in need of quality legal representation, don't wait another minute to get the help you need, contact us today!

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