The Obama administration announced on June 15, 2012, that they will no longer be deporting most young undocumented immigrants and would allow them to apply to work permits. This new policy allowsÂ individuals who are in removal proceedings, as well as those who are not, toÂ apply. The basic requirements are as follows:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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According to USCIS, they will begin accepting applications starting on August 15, 2012.