The Utah Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in collaboration with other public interest groups, is sponsoring a series of free workshops throughout Utah to help those eligible for relief from deportation under the recently announced deferred action program. Supporting partners include the ACLU of Utah, Catholic Community Services, Holy Cross Ministries, the Mexican Consulate, SLC Dream Team and Mestizo Arts and Activism.
The workshops will consist of an initial screening process to determine who qualifies for deferred action before an attorney walks attendees through the rules, the risks and the application process. In order to qualify applicants must have been physically present in the U.S. and under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012. They must demonstrate continuous presence in the U.S. since at least June 15, 2007, must have entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday and have graduated from high school, obtained a GED, been honorably discharged from the military or enrolled in school as of the date of filing their application for deferred action. Individuals who have a felony or significant misdemeanor in their record will not be eligible. “Those who do not clearly meet the eligibility requirements, for example due to their criminal history, will be strongly encouraged to seek out a private attorney, as they will need a more thorough review of their case”, says Chris Keen, Chair of the Utah Chapter of AILA.
The workshops are free but individuals will be responsible for the $465 application fee to USCIS. Fee exemptions will be available in very limited circumstances. The workshops will begin shortly after August 15, 2012, the date on which requests for deferred action will begin to be considered.
Information on deferred action can be found on the USCIS website >>
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