Immigration Attorney speaks about Deferment Action
Jun 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM CST
Jun 21, 2012
Thousands of students across the nation were happy to hear the news that President Barak Obama is approving the Deferment Action. This action will allow the possibility of employment authorization in the U.S. Our reporter Carolina Garcia speaks to a local immigration attorney and brings us details as to who could benefit from the action.
"It is a discretionary determination it is not law." Not many details have been revealed as to how thousands of students can apply for this deferment action, but immigration Attorney Elizabeth Villalpando tells us those applying must meet all of the following qualifications: -Applicant must have entered the U.S. before the age of 16. -must have lived in the U.S. for 5 years preceding June 15, 2012. -Applicant must be currently in school or serve in the armed forces. -Must not be convicted of a felony. -Must not pose a threat to national or public safety. -Not be over 30 years of age.
While they hope for the cost and process of the deferment action to be published soon, Villalpando recommends to ready by gathering some documents. She said that in order to prove this you have to show school records, school transcripts, diplomas and proof of honorable discharge from the armed forces of the U.S.
Villalpando says they cost of the filing fee for the deferment action could be revealed in the next few weeks. "All I do know is once your application for the deferred action is approved, you are able to apply for an employment authorization document and as of right now the filing fee for right now is $380."
President Barak Obama made it clear, the deferment action does not lead to legal residence in the U.S. It can prevent thousands of students from being deported and as Villalpando states, unless a new law comes in effect, those applying for the deferment action would have to renew the document every two years. "Unless any other law passes, for example the Dream Act, you will not be able to adjust your status."