As many of you may know August 15 was the kick of day for people to apply for the Deferred Action benefit, this has brought a lot of excitement to all the people who can benefit from it.
We have had many people come into our office to obtain information about the requirements, as well as people who believe they are ready to send in the application. What we are asking from everyone is to take the time to gather all that is needed, because this is a “one shot” type of deal and if it’s denied you will not be able to appeal.
We would also like for people to be careful who they go to when filing this, this is something that should not be done by a “notario”(notary public), “the tax person”, or any other individual who is not a qualified individual to do so; you can come to us, look for another community organization or just go to an attorney. Also, if you decide to do it on your own, make sure to at least to do a consultation with a qualified individual.
We would like to provide you with some guidance as to what the requirements are, so here’s the list and a few websites that might help you out with this journey. Good luck to all of you!!
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Also make sure you check out the following websites for more info