As of Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012, federal applications for a new temporary legal status brought about by the Obama administration will become available. More than a million young people under 30 who arrived in the United States before age 16 are expected to apply. The criteria, however, is very strict, and in some ways very complex, and a processing fee of $465 is required to apply for the two-year, renewable status. The status would allow for application for work permits, broadening the employment horizons for undocumented immigrants.

Deferred action is a great option for undocumented immigrants who may have completed their college degrees, but are unable to use them without revealing their undocumented status and risking deportation. This new status will enable these qualified and educated workers to begin their careers and build better futures for themselves and their families.

Those eligible to apply for deferred status must have the following qualifications:

  • Arrived in the US before age 16 and were no older than 30 as of June 15, 2012 when the legislation was announced
  • No felonies or serious misdemeanors on record
  • Lived in the US continuously since June 15, 2007
  • Currently in school, graduated or completed high school as a GED, or honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces or Coast Guard

Due to the complex nature of applying for deferred action status and the cost involved, speaking with a qualified immigration attorney and avoiding any scams ought to be your first step if you think you may qualify for this new status.

Source: Multi-American, “Deferred action details as Wednesday’s application date nears,” Leslie Berenstein Rojas, Aug. 13, 2012

  • If you think you may be eligible to apply for deferred action status or are interested in seeking citizenship, please visit our Naturalization and Citizenship page.