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Deferred enforced departure for South Carolina immigrants

Although deferred enforced departure is not a specific immigration status, people who are covered under the action may not be subject to removal to their home countries. Deferred enforced departure is within the president's discretion and is used as part of the country's foreign relations approach.

The current deferred enforced departure authorized by the president is in effect for almost two more years. President Bush initially issued the original order effective on Oct. 1, 2007, and President Obama extended the order's coverage. Currently, the set expiration date for deferred enforced departure is Sept. 1, 2016.

Deferred enforced departure confers different benefits depending on those outlined for the country. Some people may seek and be granted work authorization. Still others may be allowed to travel outside of the United States. The employment authorization document period has been automatically extended until March 30, 2015. If people leave the country without first obtaining advanced permission to do so, they may then lose the ability to reenter the U.S.

People who believe they may be eligible for deferred enforced departure may wish to consult with an immigration and naturalization attorney for help. An attorney may be able to provide additional information concerning allowable activities and the individual's ability to seek and receive work and travel authorization. Others who are interested in obtaining immigrant visas may also wish to consult about the separate requirements for seeking them. Deferred enforced departure is not a recognized immigration status does not confer the same benefits that immigrant visas do. Immigration and naturalization law may seem convoluted and difficult to understand. Making certain all documentation and paperwork is in order may be beneficial to an applicant, and attorney may be able to help with this process.

Source: US CIS, "Deferred Enforced Departure", December 23, 2014

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