Immigration Practice – Deferred Action
What is Deferred Action?
On August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service began accepting requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under this program, the USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis to defer removal action for certain persons who arrived in the United States as children, provided that they meet certain guidelines and pass a background check. Deferred Action does not give you lawful immigration status, or provide a pathway to citizenship, but it does offer certain advantages.
If Your Request Is Approved, Deferred Action Status can:
- Protect you from imminent deportation
- Allow you to work legally in the U.S.
- Allow you to remain in the U.S. for at least two years (may be renewed indefinitely)
- Stop your accrual of Unlawful Presence in the U.S.
- Enable you to obtain a driver’s license in certain states (including Texas)
Who Can Apply for Deferred Action?
To apply for Deferred Action, you must show that 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.
Legal Assistance with Your Deferred Action Application:
If you meet all of the the guidelines listed above, I can assist you with your request for Deferred Action status through this online law office. You are not required to use an attorney for this process, but it is generally recommended that you do so - keep in mind that if your application is denied, there is no process to appeal the decision of the USCIS.
My services include:
- Ensuring that all of your forms are properly completed (any error or omission in a form may lead to its rejection by the USCIS)
- Legal consultation to assist you in successfully completing the application process
- Ensuring that you provide all of the necessary documentation required by the USCIS
- Filing your application and documentation with the appropriate USCIS Lockbox Facility on your behalf
- Tracking your application status
For your convenience, I provide most of these services online – via secure e-message, phone, fax and Skype. Original documents will be exchanged via USPS Priority/Express Mail, or other delivery service.
Fixed Fee – $535*
*Legal fees only – does not include USCIS application fees of $465, which you must pay separately