On June 15th, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will exercise prosecutorial discretion to permit under 30-year-old, undocumented aliens who entered the United States as children and who meet certain conditions to have Deferred Action on a renewable basis and be eligible to apply for employment authorization. Secretary Napolitano stated:
"Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically 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."
You cannot apply yet, according to the Memorandum. The Department of Homeland Security has given its subordinate agencies, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, 60 days to implement this program. To read the entire Memorandum, see the link below.
If you need help applying for this benefit, contact the attorneys of Froman Law Firm for assistance in either English or Spanish.