Immigration and Naturalization

Deferred Action

Immigration laws and policy are constantly changing, so immigrants must try to maintain a current understanding of the rules that apply to them, which can be difficult to do. The current United States immigration policy offers young immigrants an opportunity to remain in America with their families by offering temporary protection from deportation. This protection is called deferred action, and it is important because it helps families stay together. It is possible that in the future, United States immigration policy will be changed so as to treat the deferred action program as a path that some people can take towards their goal of attaining permanent legal status.

Legislation aimed at making this dream a reality has been introduced multiple times over the years, but it has not yet been passed. In fact, any time legislation proposing a path to permanent legal status for undocumented child immigrants is introduced; it is referred to as DREAM Act legislation. South Carolina Immigration Attorney Ronald F. Johnson understands how important it is for children and their families to remain together.  For this reason, Mr. Johnson provides uncompromising support to young immigrants and their families as they work to stay together and pursue their future goals and dreams.

Deferred Action

Young immigrants may be protected from deportation for up to two years after they are granted deferred action status. Deferred action status also enables young immigrants to support themselves and their families financially by providing them with authorization to work. Immigrants who have been granted deferred action status can reapply for it before their two years of protection elapse. South Carolina Immigration Attorney Ronald Johnson can help you apply for deferred action status.  Deferred action applicants benefit from working with experienced immigration law attorneys because attorneys understand all of the various program requirements, and they can help applicants to present their cases effectively.


In 2001, the original DREAM Act legislation was introduced with the goal of providing a path to permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants who arrived in America as children. The proposed legislation set out criteria that would qualify young immigrants of a specific age for DREAM Act status. The criteria included being present in the country for a certain period of time, obeying the law, having good moral character, and attending or graduating from an institution of higher learning.

Even though the DREAM Act has not yet been passed, those who would qualify for it as it was proposed are referred to as “DREAMers.”  It is important to note that another, similar piece of legislation called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which offers young immigrants temporary protection from deportation, was implemented in 2012. Individuals who have questions about the DREAM Act should seek the assistance of a knowledgeable immigration attorney. 

South Carolina Immigration Attorney Ronald F. Johnson can help you understand the various immigration laws that are applicable to you and your family so that you can make decisions that will help all of you accomplish your immigration-related goals.  Contact our office today at (803) 794-0140 to learn more about how we can make a difference for you.