Updates on Deferred Action

The USCIS continues to release new information about Deferred Action for childhood arrivals. The details are not yet finalized. USCIS will start accepting applications on August 15. However, the advantages and disadvantages of deferred

 action are not yet fully known. Deferred action:• is generally available only to DREAMers;
• is not a path to legal permanent resident status;
• does require registration with the government; and,
• is good for two years at most, if granted.

If a person qualifies, deferred action can lead to temporary work authorization. Even more importantly, if applied for before a person turns age 18 (and to a lesser degree, age 19), deferred action can prevent the individual from accruing unlawful presence leading to a major problem with normalizing status. This might permit someone who eventually marries a U.S. Citizen to seek US legal permanent resident status through consular processing, without the need for a waiver of a three/ten year bar they may otherwise face. This could prove to be one of deferred action’s more important benefits.

Gokey Immigration Law Office will be conducting a number of low-cost ($20) one-hour webinars on deferred action, discussing deferred action processes and considerations, with updates on the latest news from the USCIS. If you would like be advised of our next deferred action webinar, let us know by mailing sarah@gokeylaw.com.

The USCIS’s latest information on deferred action can be found at:


Immigration law is extremely complicated. You should consult an immigration attorney to understand how it may apply to your particular situation before acting.


About Gokey Immigration Law

The Gokey Immigration Law Office engages exclusively in the practice of immigration law. The firm successfully represents businesses and individual clients throughout the United States and abroad. Our business clients come from a wide variety of fields, including information technology, biotech, the medical field and academic institutions, to manufacturers, investors, contractors, dairy farms and sports teams. Our full range of immigration law services includes nonimmigrant business visas (B1,H-1B,L-1,E-2,TN and others), as well as permanent residency (green cards) based on employment (EB-1,EB-2,EB-3), investment (EB-5), and family ties (spouse, fiancé, relatives). We also advise businesses on work authorization issues, and assist individuals with naturalization. Our goal is to reduce the stress and uncertainty of immigration process by helping our clients with expert advice and a rapid, reliable, predictable process. We offer an open, accessible law firm, ready to assist with your employee’s or family member’s immigration needs. Our satisfaction arises from helping businesses grow through immigration, helping individuals obtain employment in a new country, and helping individuals and families reunite with their loved ones. We welcome any inquiries you may have regarding our services. If you need assistance or would like to schedule a consultation, please visit our website at www.gokeyimmigrationlaw.com.

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