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Deferred Action - DACA 

Deferred Action is a defense used in an effort to stop the removal process or deportation. On June 15th 2012, it was announced that young adults who entered the United States as children will have a temporary relief from the removal process only if they meet the requirements. Deferred Action is granted only after personnel of the Department of Homeland Security have reviewed the documents.  This period of relief will last for 2 years and can be renewed. An immigrant under Deferred Action may also be qualified to request employment authorization.



Being granted Deferred Action is not an alternative path to citizenship; it does not lead to having a permanent resident status and it does not bring all benefits that come with being a lawful resident. Deferred Action can only temporarily stop deportation or removal proceedings. Citizenship or change in residence status is another process in itself. With correct documentation, you could be eligible to gain benefits from Deferred Action such, work authorization and a social security number.


As a final point, it is important to remember some of the necessary materials for making investments in a new company. $1 million is needed for EB-5 investors who plan on managing a business by themselves. However, for regional centers, the minimum investment needs to be $500,000. One of those centers can be rural and must be located outside of the boundaries of a city or town with a population of 20,200 or more. The other area may be one where the unemployment rate is at least 150% of the national average rate.


The requirements of Deferred Action include the following:


  • Migrated in the U.S. under the age of 16.

  • Continuous residence for a minimum of 5 years and has been present in the United States at the time of the Deferred Action announcement on June 15th, 2012.

  • Currently enrolled in a school, have a United States high school diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency, or be a veteran honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Younger than 31 years of age as of June 15th, 2012.

  • Individuals must be older than 15 years of age to be considered for Deferred Action.

  • Must complete a background check.


Elizee Law Firm is full service immigration law firm. We can guide you and your family through your current immigration case. Our staff is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole. Contact us at (305) 371-8846.

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