U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., and volunteers, including immigration attorneys, will help young people eligible to apply for consideration of deferred action during a free workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22. Assistance will be provided by appointment only. Appointments may be made by calling Rep. Pastor's Phoenix District Office at 602-256-0551.
The workshop will provide information and assistance in applying for deferred action, which is temporary protection from removal from the United States for younger people who do not have an immigration status and were brought to the country as children. Applicants also will fill out requests for work authorization with their request for deferred action. They also are required to submit a $465 processing fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"There are a lot of questions about this new policy and I am offering this event as a public service to "DREAMers' and their families so they can get informed, understand the process and apply for deferred action," Pastor said. "Attorney and community volunteers will be donating their time to help applicants complete the paperwork. This will help applicants avoid incurring additional costs for assistance with the application."
Among other requirements, the deferred action policy is applicable to young undocumented people who:
- Came to the United States as children before they were 16 years old and were under 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- Have been in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007.
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Individuals interested in more information or in setting an appointment for Sept. 22 should phone Rep. Pastor's Office at 602-256-0551 as soon as possible. Applicants must submit documents proving their presence in the United States along with a $465 processing fee.