The term "deferred action" refers to actions taken by the U.S. government that provide temporary relief from deportation. As a matter of prosecutorial discretion, the government decides on a case-by-case basis whether to enforce a deportation order or to allow the person to remain in the United States. A person who is granted deferred action is eligible for Employment Authorization, but deferred action does not lead to lawful permanent residence.
In 2012, the government began a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed people who had been brought to the U.S. as children to stay and obtain work authorization. The status must be renewed after two years. A DREAMer is eligible if they meet the following requirements:
Please contact us if you believe you or your family members might be eligible for this program.