Help for Those Arrested But Eligible for “Deferred Action”


Individuals who are working and residing in this country without proper documentation are worried about being arrested and detained for deportation hearings, but many of them are in fact eligible for “deferred action” status, which allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without fear of prosecution or removal for past immigration violations.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for deferred action (you arrived in the U.S. prior to age 16; you have continuously resided here for 5 years or more prior to June 15, 2012; you are currently in school or meet certain schooling requirements; you have not been convicted of specified offenses and do not pose a threat to national security; and you are not above age 30) and you have nonetheless been served a detainer for deportation, you should immediately contact either the Law Enforcement Center’s 24-hour hot-line at (855) 448-6903 or the ICE Office of the Public Advocate at (888) 351-4024.

We generally do not handle deportation matters, but if you are in need of legal assistance with another immigration matter, do not hesitate to contact our office at (847) 564-0712 to speak with a qualified attorney. You can check out our immigration law Website as well for more information about how we might assist you.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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