On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that young immigrants who entered the country without authorization before the age of 16 can qualify for an immigration relief benefit known as "Deferred Action". An applicant who is granted deferred action will not be deported and qualifies for a work permit renewable every two years.
We urge you to:
The announcement sets forth five criteria to receive deferred action:
In this packet, you will find additional information about the Deferred Action Announcement, criteria, and what you can do next. Secretary Janet Napolitano's initial memo also clarifies that youth who are detained or in deportation proceedings should immediately request this benefit.
No further details have been released by USCIS, the office in charge of this type of immigration procedures.
Please do not submit any paperwork ahead of time. Do not be duped. The date to begin applying for this benefit will most likely be August 15th, 2012. (Sign up for our newsletter and email updates so we can send you the latest information).
In the meantime, please review the information on this page and call CHIRLA if you have additional questions: (888) 624-4752. As CHIRLA's statewide youth branch, we have been organizing free informational activties for the community. Call and ask about the next activity near you.
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