The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Process

USCIS to began accepting requests for consideration of deferred action on August 15, 2012

DHS Outlines Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

WASHINGTON-The Department of Homeland Security today provided additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15 implementation date.

On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is finalizing a process by which potentially eligible individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process available on August 15, 2012. USCIS will then immediately begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Information shared includes the following highlights:

  • Requestors - those in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceedings - will be able to affirmatively request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals with USCIS.
  • Requestors will use a form developed for this specific purpose.
  • Requestors will mail their deferred action request together with an application for an employment authorization document and all applicable fees to the USCIS lockbox.
  • All requestors must provide biometrics and undergo background checks.
  • Fee waivers cannot be requested for the application for employment authorization and biometric collection. However, fee exemptions will be available in limited circumstances.
  • The four USCIS Service Centers will review requests.

Individuals may begin to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals on August 15, 2012. Please contact our office for an appointment immediately to determine if you or your loved one qualifies for this process.

Disclaimer by USCIS: Immigration law could be complex, and it is impossible to describe every aspect of every process. You may wish to be represented by a licensed attorney or a nonprofit agency accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

This content was published on USCIS.GOV website on August 3, 2012.

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