Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - now accepting applications in Bakersfield
The Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals is an immigration policy promulgated by the current administration and potentially affecting upwards of 1.7 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 31, who have attended school in the U.S. or have been honorably discharged. It is a form of prosecutorial discretion that does not confer lawful permanent resident status or a path to citizenship. It does, however, protect the person from being removed from the country and stops the accrual of unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect. Deferred action does not excuse individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence. Individuals who qualify, may apply and be considered for a two year work permit, which will be renewable until the policy remains in effect.
As of August 15, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began to accept applications for deferred action, which, if successful, would confer upon the young adults a right to work legally in the country and shield them from being deported.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if 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.
If you meet the above criteria, call us for an appointment to review your case and help you file your application. We have several packages available, including an economy discounted package for those on a budget.