Can someone travel within US if Deferred Action is approved?

Asked over 2 years ago - New York, NY

I know you can't travel outside of the US, but there is nothing that says you can't travel within the US (air travel from one state to another). Will airport security stop you?

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  1. Iara Nogueira Morton

    Contributor Level 6


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    Answered . As you stated, you are allowed to travel within the U.S. even in unlawful status, as airlines employees are only checking some sort of ID (e.g., your native country's passport) to make sure the name on the airline ticket matches your ID, and the picture matches you.

    However, once you fly, you do expose yourself to a higher risk of encountering some airport security personnel or even DRO or CBP officers who may then investigate and detain you. But it is not correct to assume that airport security will automatically stop you just because you present just an airline ticket and a valid foreign passport for travel within the US.

  2. Natalia Polukhtin

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . After approval of your deferred action application, you should be able to receive a driver's license from the state you reside in. Most domestic airlines do not require anything supplemental to a valid state ID to board the plane. So, the answer is that, most likely, you will be able to travel within the country.

    Nothing in this post shall be construed as a legal advice. If you need advice regarding your particular situation,... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You can travel within the US only after Deferred Action has been approved.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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