The scope of the new deferred action program.
On June 2012, the President of the United States issued an executive order providing temporary legalization for certain immigrants who qualify under certain conditions. Although the deferred action program can help up to 1.7 million immigrants, it is well short of the policies enunciated in the proposed dream act, which has not passed yet.
The new deferred program permits individuals between the ages of 18-31 who came to the United States illegally when they were less than 16, who achieved a high school diploma, its equivalency or military service, to have immigration status for the next two years. Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate good moral character without any significant criminal activity.
The benefits of applying for the deferred action program are that it prevents deportation, permits qualifying individuals to get a work permit, social security number, and a driver’s license, and, inevitably, subsequent action must take place after the two years have expired either by formalized extensions or a path to residency and citizenship.
Currently, Immigration (INS) charges $465.00 for the application. It is also recommended to seek proper legal counsel as the application must be properly completed with all supporting documentation enclosed which includes evidence of good moral character and evidence that you have resided in the United States during the past five years. The typical attorney fee cost for this service is between $750 – $1,250.
If currently you are an illegal immigrant and you meet the criteria stated above, then we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this long-awaited opportunity. Because of the huge number of applicants, if you want your work permit to be issued timely, it is preferable that you file your application early in this process; additionally, because the laws are constantly changing, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity before it expires.
At Arcadier and Associates, located in Melbourne, Florida (Central Florida, Brevard County) we have already begun filing these applications for our clients. You may contact us directly by setting a personal or phone consultation so your case can be processed expeditiously. You may contact us by phone by calling 321-953-5998 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because these forms are filed with the Federal Government, we can represent any individual who meets the criteria above regardless of where they are physically located. Our staff and attorneys are fluent in Spanish.
Also, even if you don’t specifically qualify for this program, you should explore all your available options with competent, knowledgeable, and experienced attorneys. At Arcadier and Associates, we have three full time attorneys who dedicate themselves to employment law matters and are members of AILA, which is the recognized organization of American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Please see our immigration page for more information
August 16, 2012
Our Melbourne office is centrally located in Brevard County, enabling our lawyers to serve clients throughout “the Space Coast”, including Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay and Vero Beach.