If you’re trying to decide whether to apply for deferred action, you probably have a lot of questions. To help make it easier for you to get answers, I’m making my Deferred Action Guide for Virginia and DC Residents available as a free download.
The book will help you:
- Learn about the qualifications for deferred action to make sure that you qualify before you submit any forms to the government
- Understand the risks and benefits of deferred action so that you can decide if you should apply
- Review the checklist of documents and information that you should begin collecting so that you have all the documents you need to qualify for deferred action
The book is 31 pages long and includes sections covering:
- Qualifications for deferred action
- Deferred action application process
- Deferred action fees
- Common questions and answers
- Deferred action application checklist
Also included in the book is a discussion of whether you need an immigration lawyer to assist you with the deferred action application process. Although many people may not need the assistance of a lawyer, the book highlights when you should talk to a lawyer and how a lawyer may be able to help you develop a long term immigration strategy.
The decision about whether to apply for deferred action is probably one of the most important decisions you will ever make
The new deferred action policy has given many people a lot of hope that they will be able to stay in the country where they grew up – the United States of America. It offers the potential to help protect future Americans from deportation until there is immigration reform that will provide them with a way to legalize their immigration status.
However, the new policy has also introduced a lot of uncertainty. Because it is a policy and not a law, it can easily be changed. There is no guarantee that you’ll be able to extend your deferred action status until there is a new law that will help you get a green card.
In addition, the new policy does not provide a path to getting a green card or becoming a citizen. It only offers a short term solution to avoid deportation and to obtain an employment authorization card.
It likely will be very difficult for many people to decide if the benefits of deferred action outweigh the risks. The best step to making this decision is to learn as much as possible about your options before you submit any forms to the government.