by: The Qu and Reform Immigration For America
On June 15, President Obama announced that the policy of prosecutorial discretion which allows immigration agents to defer deportation of low-risk, non criminal undocumented immigrants will be expanded to all DREAM eligible youth. Here are some of the details of the new policy.
To be eligible you must:
- Be between 15 years or older and 30 years or younger
- Have been in the U.S. for at least five years (as of 6/15/12)
- Have to have maintained continuous residence (relatively flexible interpretation)
There are no restrictions on when you can apply (e.g. no window that closes after a year) and grants of Deferred Application are for 2 years and are renewable. If you have been convicted of a felony, a serious misdemeanor or three minor misdemeanors not all stemming from same incident, then you are not eligible.
We estimate that as a result of this policy extension, nearly 1 million DREAMers will be spared from deportation! This is truly an exciting announcement. Click here to thank the White House for keeping their promise to provide administrative relief to undocumented youth.
Note: This post was originally featured on The Qu and was republished with permission. You can find the original here.