On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that it will offer deferred action to “DREAMers.” This means that for millions of youths who entered the United States without inspection (no visas) as children can now obtain “deferred action” and work authorization from USCIS. Both individuals who are in removal proceedings (deportation) and those who are not in removal proceedings can apply for this benefit. Deferred action and work authorization will be valid for a two year period and can be renewed.
Individuals who qualify for deferred action through the DREAM program can apply and receive authorization to work in the United States.
Individuals who qualify for deferred action through the DREAM program can continue their studies legally and in many instances, qualify for reduced tuition.