In June, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would offer deferred action for two years to certain young people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other eligibility criteria. Deferred action does not grant a person lawful status, but it does prevent them from being removed from the United States. People granted deferred action are eligible for Employment Authorization.
The application process will begin on August 15, 2012. At that time, the government will issue complete details about the application procedure. However, it has already announced that people who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply for deferred action:
If you believe you might be eligible for this program, you should consult with an immigration lawyer before applying. While the criteria appear to be simple, there are many potential pitfalls in applying for deferred action.