President Barack Obama announced plans to stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they meet the following conditions;
- They came to U.S. before they turned 16;
- They were under 31 years old on June 15, 2012;
- They have been in the U.S. for at least five continuous years as of June 15, 2012 and they were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012;
- They have no criminal history; and
- They are currently in school, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.
Qualified candidates can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with renewable terms.
There are two important points. First of all, this is not an amnesty and it is not a path to green card or citizenship. It is just a pathway for illegal young immigrants to come out of shadows. Secondly, the government is still working on the implementation method and we will announce it as soon as it becomes available.
Please stay tuned and contact us if you or anybody you know can benefit from this relief.