By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
On June 15, the Obama administration announced a new policy called deferred action that gives special consideration to certain illegal immigrants. The policy spares them from deportation and gives them the right to work legally in the U.S. for two years. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be younger than 31 as of June 15.
- Have come to the U.S. when they were under 16.
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
- Were present in the U.S. on June 15 and at the time of filing their applications for deferred action.
- Entered the country without inspection before June 15 or their lawful immigration status expired as of June 15.
- Be in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, obtained a GED certificate or possess an honorable discharge from the U.S. military.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, “significant misdemeanor” or three or more other misdemeanors and “do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.”
To learn more, go to: www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.