Obama Immigration Changes & Deferred Action Applications Released

Homeland Security recently announced what documents applicants would need to prove eligibility in the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program allows undocumented individuals (who were brought to the U.S. as children) to avoid deportation and obtain work permits if they meet the requirements of the program.

To be eligible, immigrants must prove they arrived in the United States before they turned 16. They also must be 30 years old or younger, have lived here for the last five years (or longer), and are in school or graduated or served in the military. They also may not have a criminal record of certain crimes or otherwise pose a safety threat. 

The guidlines for application state that one must prove identity and eligibility with either a passport or birth certificate, school transcripts, medical and financial records and military service records. In some instances, multiple sworn affidavits, signed by a third party under penalty of perjury, could also be used. Anyone found committing fraud will be referred to federal immigration agents.

But while being approved allows individuals to continue to stay in the U.S. and work or study, it does not provide a lawful status or a path to citizenship.

The paperwork can be found on the Immigration Services website. Applicants must pay a $465 fee. A decision on each application could take up to several months.