Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Delaying Deportation for Younger Illegal Immigrants

Thanks to policy changes made by the U.S. Government as of June 15, 2012, younger illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 have the chance to delay deportation and obtain authorization to work in the country. This process is known as Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, or just "deferred action." It lasts for a two-year period, though it is subject to renewal. There are many requirements that must be met in order for a person to qualify for this action. If you live in the Daytona Beach, Florida area and want to know how you can apply for deferred action, Buckmaster & Ellzey can help you. We have a compassionate and competent Daytona Beach immigration attorney who can provide you with the guidance you need for applying for this process.

Eligibility for Deferred Action

In order for a person to qualify for deferred action, he or she must meet the following requirements, which are outlined by the Department of Homeland Security. An eligible applicant is someone who:

  • Entered the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Has lived in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012 and was present in the U.S. on this date
  • Is in school, is a high school graduate, has obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate or is an honorably discharged veteran from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard
  • Has never been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or more than one misdemeanor offense and does not pose a risk to public safety in any other way
  • Is age 30 or younger

Individuals applying for deferred action will need to use verifiable documentation in order to prove that they meet these requirements. They will also need to complete background checks. The application process is only open to individuals age 15 and older, unless they are subject to a final order of removal.

Importance of Having Strong Legal Counsel

Many young illegal immigrants were brought to the United States at very young ages and therefore only know what it is like to live in this country. When these individuals are up for deportation (also known as removal), they are at risk of having their entire lives uprooted and of being separated from some of their closest loved ones. While deferred action allows many of these young immigrants to avoid such fates, the process can only be helpful if it is carried out properly. By working with a skilled legal professional who has an in-depth understanding of immigration law, you can make sure you are carrying out the right steps in the application process.

By mid-January 2013 (or within six months of the new policy being announced), the U.S. Government approved more than 150,000 applicants for deferred action, according to media reports. Even more have been approved since then. Our team at Buckmaster & Ellzey wants to help you become part of the growing group of immigrants in the U.S. who has been accepted for this form of protection.

Choosing the Right lawyer to Assist You

In addition to obtaining legal assistance, you will also need to make sure you choose the right lawyer who will provide you high level of skill and client service you need. Attorney Jeremy J. Buckmaster has extensive experience that provides a great amount of benefit to his clients. He knows how to handle many different types of immigration law matters, including deportation and deferred action cases. He also provides individuals with compassionate service. Contact Buckmaster & Ellzey to set up a consultation and learn more about your options for applying for deferred action. We can also help you with many other immigration-related issues!