Deferred Action for Young Immigrants
In what is surely good news for thousands of young immigrants, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce their intention to grant quasi-legal status (called “deferred action”) to applicants meeting the following specific criteria:
- Be 15-30 years old, and have entered the U.S. before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
- Have maintained continuous residence
- Have not been convicted of one serious crime or multiple minor crimes
- Be currently enrolled in high school, graduated or have a GED, or have enlisted in the military
Deferred Action would not grant these applicants any permanent status in the US—or even a path to a permanent status—but it would allow for legal work authorization and, importantly it would allow this population to come out from the shadows. A recent Boston Globe article will provide you with some additional information. Further details regarding eligibility and implementation are forthcoming and we encourage anyone who knows a person who might benefit from this policy change to await further guidance before acting. Stay tuned to our blog for further details as they arise.