Deferred Action: Fees & Timing | Charleston Immigration Lawyers

Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Lawyers in Goose Creek, South Carolina, is pleased to report immigrants present in the United States who meet the following criteria will have to pay $465.00 in filing fees to apply for deferred action, the so-called administrative DREAM Act announced June 15, 2012 and scheduled to be implemented by or before August 15, 2012:

Individuals who came to the U.S. as children and are: (1) less than thirty-one (31) years of age on June 15, 2012; (2) entered the U.S. prior to his/her sixteenth (16th) birthday; (3) has continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007; (4) was physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time of applying for deferred action; (5) entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012 or lawful immigration status expired on June 15, 2012; (6) is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a GED, or is an honorably discharged member of the U.S. military; and (7) has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, 3 or more other misdemeanors and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, laid out guidelines ahead of the August 15, 2012 launch of the new policy that allows young immigrants who meet the above criteria and are in the country illegally to apply for two (2) year work permits.

Applicants, including those in removal proceedings, will be able to apply for both parts of the program, deferred action and a work permit.  Individuals currently in removal proceedings are eligible to apply for deferred action immediately.

The most important part of the announcement was the administration’s assurance that USCIS will not ship applicants’ information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless they are national security threats, lie on their applications or are serious criminal offenders.

It was also unclear whether brief trips abroad would defeat the condition that applicants live in the U.S. continuously for five (5) years.  It is now clear this will not defeat the five (5) year requirement.

Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Lawyers in Goose Creek, South Carolina, help clients eligible for all forms of deferred action.  Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Attorneys, fight for clients in removal proceedings eligible for deferred action and look forward to obtaining deferred action for those not in removal proceedings beginning August 15, 2012.  Contact Miller|Conway, Goose Creek Immigration Lawyers if you or a loved one believes you/he/she may be eligible for deferred action under the June 15, 2012 Memo.

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