Last Friday, June 15th, the Department of Homeland Security announced, following President Obama’s announcement that “dreamers” people who were brought into this country by their parents through no fault of their own, and have studied here will get a work permit under what is called deferred action. However immediately after the announcement our phones kept ringing with all types of people asking to get work permit. And I’m sure that there are lots of ‘notarios’ who are waiting to pounce on illegal people and getting their money.
First its still too early to file anything. The Citizenship and Immigration Service has said that they will start offering deferred action from August 2012. Please wait for regulations to come out before handing over money to anybody.
Second one has to meet the categories below:
Eligible individuals must:
- Have arrived in the U.S. when they were under the age of sixteen
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012 and have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces
- Not have been convicted of a felony offense, a “significant misdemeanor offense,” three or more non-significant misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
- Have been under thirty-one years old on June 15, 2012
So lets make this clear. This is not a work permit for all illegal people. This is not even a green card for eligible dreamers. Its just a temporary work permit to people who meet the above categories.
Filing now by anybody will hurt their case. They can be deported without ever getting the chance to come back to the US.