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Immigrants Benefit from Deferred Action

According to President Obama’s deferred action policy, innocent undocumented immigrants who had entered into the United States as children, are being considered for a relief from deportation from the United States. Undocumented immigrants who do not present a risk to the country’s safety and people who meet the key criteria are being considered and such individuals are being granted deferred action status and work permits, that authorizes them to work lawfully in the United States.

Millions of undocumented immigrants, particularly the youth between ages 16 and 31, can apply for this process and receive the deferred action benefits. An undocumented immigrant who qualifies for deferred action status will not be removed from America and will not be placed in removal proceedings, until his deferred action is in effect. Along with deferred action status, qualified undocumented youth, are also being granted employment authorization documents and these work permits will permit the undocumented immigrants to work in America lawfully. DACA is valid for 2 years and can be renewed and extended for two more years and this applies to the employment authorization documents.

Apart from that, an individual who has received deferred action status may not be questioned about his presence in the United States and his presence in the country may not be considered to be illegal or unlawful. Likewise, deferred action recipients, in many American states are also being granted driver’s licenses. Some states like California grants the deferred action recipients in-state college tuition, though states like Arizona, Nebraska and Mississippi, have stated that the deferred action recipients will not be granted driver’s licenses and other benefits.

Hence, to receive these deferred action benefits, an undocumented immigrant will have to file a few forms with the USCIS and pay the required fees and submit biometrics information. The forms that must be filed by the undocumented youth who seek to receive deferred action status are Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-765WS, Worksheet and these forms must accompany $465, that includes the biometrics fee and the application processing fee. Applicants will be required to submit their biometric data after they file their petitions and after the approval of their petitions. If the applications are not filed with the required supporting documents and if the applicants fail to prove that they are eligible for deferred action status, their petitions may not be considered.

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