Deferred Action

Deferred Action (DA)


Deferred Action (“DA”) is a discretionary decision-making authority that allows DHS to determine which cases merit the commitment of limited resources.  It is exercised on a case-by-case basis that focus on the priorities of DHS, by targeting serious criminals and those who are a threat to public safety, potentially deferring action on cases with a lower priority.  There is no statutory definition of DA, but federal regulations provide a description: “[D]eferred action [is] “an act of administrative convenience to the government which gives some cases lower priority . . . .” See 8 C.F.R. § 274a. 12(c)(14).

DHS requests may, among other things, be based on humanitarian facts and a low-enforcement priority or may be based on an individual’s status as an important witness in an investigation or prosecution.  It does not provide a pathway to permanent residency.

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