On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a specified period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Only individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet certain guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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