Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
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You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
- 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.
Anyone requesting consideration for deferred action under this process must have been under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012. You must also be at least 15 years or older to request deferred action, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order, as summarized in the table below:
|Your situation||Required age|
|I have never been in removal proceedings, or my proceedings have been terminated before making my request.||At least 15 years old at the time of submitting your request and not over 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012.|
|I am in removal proceedings, have a final removal order, or have a voluntary departure order, and I am not in immigration detention.||Not above the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, but you may be younger than 15 years old at the time you submit your request.|
Timeframe for Meeting the Guidelines
|You must prove|
|That on June 15, 2012 you||As of the date you file your request you|
Education and Military Service Guidelines
|Your school or military status at the time of requesting deferred action under this process||Meet education or military service guidelines for deferred action under this process (Y/N)|
| I graduated from:
|I am currently enrolled in school.See the Education section of the FAQs for a full explanation of who is considered currently in school.||Yes|
|I was in school but dropped out and did not graduate. I am not currently in school and am not an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.||No|
|I am an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.||Yes|