On June 15th, the Obama administration announced that it will temporarily stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.
Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military are eligible for this temporary authorization to remain in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.
It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, Napolitano said, adding that participants must be in the United States now and be able to prove they have been living in the country continuously for at least five years.
The change is part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to target resources at undocumented immigrants who pose a greater threat, such as those with criminal histories and those trying to enter the country now, Napolitano said, adding it was “well within the framework of existing laws.”
Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, in the form of deferred action, on a case-by-case basis:
1.) Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
3.) Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
5.) Are not above the age of thirty.
Final details are still being worked out of exactly how this program will develop and how requests for Deferred Action should be submitted. Aretz & Heise Immigration is available to meet with individuals to conduct consultations and, if eligible, to assist young people in applying for this program. Call(303) 495-2013 today to determine whether this is a program that will benefit you or your family member!
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