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If I have traveled outside the United States since June 15, 2007, can I still qualify for deferred action?

A brief, casual, and innocent absence from the United States will not interrupt your continuous residence. If you were absent from the United States for any period of time, your absence will be considered brief, casual, and innocent, if it was before August 15, 2012, and:

1. The absence was short and reasonably calculated to accomplish the purpose for the absence;

2. The absence was not because of an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal;

3. The absence was not because of an order of voluntary departure, or anadministrative grant of voluntary departure before you were placed in exclusion,deportation, or removal proceedings; and

4.  The purpose of the absence and/or your actions while outside the United States were not contrary to law.


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