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U. S. to Offer Temporary Legal Status to Young Immigrants

Effectively immediately, President Obama has instructed federal immigration authorities to cancel deportation proceedings against certain young "low risk" immigrants – those who came to the U.S. before they were 16, have been in the country for at least five years, and are either in High School, graduated from High School, or are current/former members of the military in good standing. Significantly, those wishing to take advantage of the newly announced relief must have clean criminal records. Beginning shortly (within 60 days of June 14, 2012, the announced policy change), the Department of Homeland Security, which handles immigration matters, will begin processing applications of qualifying young people for "deferred action", a temporary category of legal status lasting two years, which will allow recipients to, among other things, work legally and be eligible to receive federal financial aid for college.

The rule change shows how important it is for non U.S. citizens to keep avoid criminal convictions. What may be inconsequential to someone who has U.S. citizenship status – pleading guilty to a relatively low level misdemeanor offense or criminal infraction (for example, Disorderly Conduct or Harassment), may have far reaching and devastating consequences for someone who is in the country without lawful immigration status, or even someone who has Legal Permanent Resident ("Green Card") status.

If you find yourself charged with even a relatively minor crime or infraction, it is therefore essential to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction.

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