Philadelphia Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
As of last year, the Obama administration introduced deferred action for childhood arrivals as a way for immigrants who were brought into the United States as children to defer their removal from the country. The Philadelphia immigration attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg, Prosmushkin, P.C. are excited to work with clients to help them better understand deferred action for childhood arrivals and to find if they may be eligible.
The guidelines of eligibility for deferred action for child are:
- Client is under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- Client came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday.
- Client has continuously resided in the United States for at least 5 years.
- Client was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his/her request for consideration of deferred action.
- Client entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or his/her lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
- Client is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or was an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
- Client has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
This new change is especially important for clients or the children of clients who are just now reaching the driving age, looking to continue their education or legally enter the U.S. workforce. While deferred action does not ensure citizenship, it does give clients more time to live and work in the country without accruing time as an unlawful resident.
As with all forms, it is crucial that every aspect is filled out correctly to ensure that no mistakes hinder a client's chances of obtaining deferred action. Our Philadelphia immigration lawyers have familiarized themselves with this new process and can provide the guidance and attention to detail needed to apply for deferred action.
Have you or a loved one entered to the U.S. as child and are running out of options? Do you think deferred action might work for you? Please contact an Philadelphia immigration lawyer at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin online or call for a consultation: (215) 437-3058 ( Philadelphia immigration lawyer ) and (609) 257-4976 (Trenton).
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.