U.S. Immigration Law Update – Relief from Deportation
The immigration lawyers of M&A Law Firm confirm that as of June 15, 2010, the Obama administration will grant certain undocumented immigrants relief from deportation.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that USCIS resources will be used on deporting immigrants that pose a threat to our country, not on individuals who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own as children. If an individual has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, or multiple misdemeanor offenses, and meets other necessary criteria, he or she may be temporarily exempt from deportation.
In order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:
- Have come to the U.S. under the age of 16
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years before June 15, 2012
- Currently be enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged Veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or pose a threat to national security or public safety
- Not be above the age of 30
After an approved background check, individuals that meet the new criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for two years, and then have his or her case reviewed after that time period. According to study done by the Migration Policy Institute, this could provide relief from deportation to as many as 1.4 million non-citizens living in the U.S.
If you have any questions regarding immigration law, including questions relating to your green card, business visa, employment visa, citizenship, illegal immigration status, or deportation, please contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation by phone at 972-782-1664, 1-866-789-1664, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.