United States Citizenship and Immigration Fact Sheet on Deferred Action

USCIS has released a  fact sheet reminding people that they are not currently accepting applications for deferred action and that they are developing a process for qualified young people to request deferred action. They will implement the process within 60 days of June 15, 2012.  They encourage people to:

• Visit www.uscis.gov to learn more about the announcement, eligibility criteria and to find the latest updates.
• Contact USCIS for more information at 1-800-375-5283.
• Contact ICE at 1-888-351-4024 if you are currently in removal proceedings and meet the criteria explained below.
• Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams to learn more about how you can avoid becoming a victim of an immigration service scam.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum setting forth criteria that make certain individuals eligible for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion to prevent them from being placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States. To be considered on an individualized basis for deferred action under this process, an individual must:

• Have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012 and have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
• Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Not have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
• Not be above the age of thirty.

Please click here to view the Fact Sheet.

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