The grant of deferred action does not provide legal status to an applicant or provide a path to citizenship. In addition, it does not excuse the applicant’s previous periods of unlawful presence. However, an applicant who is granted deferred action will not be deemed to be accruing unlawful presence in the U.S. during the time period when deferred action is in effect. This may be important if future laws (e.g. DREAM Act) provide the same individuals a path to citizenship.
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