The NC Justice Center has put together some resources, fact sheets, links and events on the deferred action process for young immigrants, based on the information released by the Department of Homeland Security this past Wednesday, Aug. 15.
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not deport young people from the U.S. who meet certain requirements. Those who qualify will be given “deferred action” and will be eligible for work authorization.
Who is eligible?
An individual must prove they meet the following criteria:
- came to the United States under the age of 16;
- has continuously resided in the United States for a least 5 years before June 15, 2012 and was present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a GED certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
- was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
Find out more by visiting the website here: http://www.ncjustice.org/deferred-action