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
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
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!