Yesterday the Office of Immigration began accepting applications for deportation reprieves in the case of persons who were brought as children to the United States illegally. According to the official immigration site, you may qualify for deferred action for childhood arrivals if:
- 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.
The New York Times reports that “the initiative allows deportations to be deferred for up to two years for as many as 1.7 million people and grants work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The work permits will allow them to obtain a Social Security number, apply for driver’s licenses and receive financial aid at colleges.”
To review the government forms you would need to fill out when applying for this program and see a video about the progress, click here.
You can also call to speak to a customer service representative: 1-800-375-5283.
There is a field office in Georgia. The federal immigration office is located in Atlanta. The USCIS office that serves all of Georgia is: The Atlanta Field Office, 2150 Parklake Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. In order to make an appointment you must go through INFOPASS.
This new deferred action could be life-changing for many people living illegally in America. If you happen to be one of those people, you may also wish the assistance of a lawyer when applying. You can review the assistance that Betts Law and Associates would offer, here.
Good luck in your application. And remember that Betts Law and Associates is willing to help Georgia residents in this progress in any ways we can.