“Deferred action”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

A type of prosecutorial discretion that allows an individual to remain in the United States for a set period of time, unless the deferred action is terminated for some reason. Deferred action is determined on a case-by-case basis and only establishes lawful presence. It does not provide immigration status or benefits of any kind. DACA is one type of deferred action.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services