On June 15, 2012, President Obama and his administration announced
a new policy to stop deporting undocumented young people under the Deferred
Action process. Deferred Action is the discretionary authority by the
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to allow certain individuals
the right to live and work legally in the US without the fear of deportation.
If deferred action is granted, the undocumented foreign national may
receive Employment Authorization, commonly referred to as work permit
or DREAM work permit. Deferred Action is granted for a period of 2 years
and may be renewed in 2 year increments for as long as this policy remains
You may qualify for deferred action if you were brought to this country
as a child, are currently without legal status, can prove you have demonstrated
good moral behavior and satisfy several key requirements. The DHS began
accepting Deferred Action applications on August 15, 2012.
An individual must satisfy several key requirements in order to be
eligible for Deferred Action. The undocumented immigrant must:
1. Have come to the US before the age of 16;
2. Have continuously resided in the US from June 15, 2007 to the present
3. Was physically present in the US on June 15, 2012;
4. Be in school currently; have graduated from high school; has received
a GED (General Education Development) certificate; be in the US military;
OR was honorably discharged from the US military;
5. Have no felony record;
6. Have no significant or multiple misdemeanor offenses; and
7. Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
If you feel that you may qualify for the Deferred Action work permit,
please contact our office by phone at 626-642-8066 or by e-mail at email@example.com
for a consultation with Attorney Bobby Chung or his legal staff. We
can provide you with additional information about Deferred Action, determine
whether you qualify, and what type of documents should be gathered for
Although deferred action allows an individual to live and work in
the US legally, it does not give an individual permanent lawful status.
Be cautious of misinformation and fraud on the internet. You should
always seek legal advice from a licensed immigration attorney. Many
notarios and other agents claiming to be immigration consultants are
looking to capitalize on this new policy promising legal status, amnesty
or other "to good to be true" action. Don't be taken advantage of by
their empty promises.
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