Deferred Action Visa and Childhood arrival program is here. Many young undocumented immigrants welcomed plans for the Deferred Action Visa for Childhood Arrivals program. This program was a temporary reprieve from the threat of removal (formerly “deportation”). The program offers benefits for those brought to the U.S. by their parents as children. However, the protection of the program has limits. The program has strict requirements for qualification.
We offer legal counsel regarding eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. We also represent undocumented immigrants in preparing applications for the program.
- Uninterrupted presence in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Applicants under age 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Enrollment, certificate of completion or matriculation from high school OR honorable discharge from the military or national guard
- Entry into the country prior to the applicant’s sixteenth birthday
- Entry without inspection or expiration of lawful status prior to June 15, 2012
- Presence within the U.S. when submitting the application
- No felony conviction or serious or multiple misdemeanors
Some young immigrants that contact our office have expressed confusion about exactly what this intends to accomplish. It is important to recognize that this is not the DREAM Act. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intends to suspend removal proceedings and prevent those who qualify from being subject to removal for two years. Many presume the intent of the act is to offer temporary protection until the DREAM act or comprehensive immigration reform can receive cooperation by Congress and President Obama.
Information Not Used For Removal:
Despite the protections that it offers, many potential applicants are understandably apprehensive because detailed information is necessary regarding country of origin, date of entry, undocumented status and similar details that could be damaging in removal proceedings. It is particularly troublesome to provide this kind of information to the USCIS if it turns out that you do not qualify for protection from removal. If the program is allowed to expire without passage of the DREAM Act or legislation reforming the immigration system, the decision to disclose these types of details could also be disconcerting. Admittedly, the Obama administration has indicated the information is not supposed to be used for removal purposes.
Deferred Action Visa Solutions Attorney in Tulsa:
If you have questions about your eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or need assistance in applying for its protection or adjusting your status, our Tulsa immigration lawyers provide legal advice and assistance with immigration documents.