19 June 2012 

OBAMA DEFERRED ENFORCEMENT ORDER SUMMARY

June 15, 2012, Obama Orders Deferred Enforcement to Certain Qualifying Young People with Permission to Work.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Who is eligible to receive deferred action under the Departments new directive? 



Pursuant to the Secretaries June 15, 2012, memorandum, in order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:

1.) Have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;

2.) Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding the date of this 
memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

3.) Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education 
development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed 
Forces of the United States;

4.) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple 
misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;

5.) Not be above the age of 30. 

Individuals must also complete a background check and, for those individuals who make a request to 
USCIS and are not subject to a final order of removal, must be 15 years old or older.

Although effective immediately, the Immigration Service expects the plan to be implemented within 60 days.In the meantime, individuals seeking more 
information on the new policy should visit USCISs website, ICEs website, or DHSs website.

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