Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process
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
June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain 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.
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 during today’s call 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
- 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
Additional information regarding the
Secretary’s June 15 announcement will be made available on www.uscis.gov on August 15, 2012. It is
important to note that this process is not yet in effect and individuals
who believe they meet the guidelines of this new process should not
request consideration of deferred action before August 15, 2012. Requests
submitted before August 15, 2012 will be rejected. Individuals who
believe they are eligible should be aware of immigration scams.
Unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may try to take advantage
of you by charging a fee to submit forms to USCIS on your behalf. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for tips on
filing forms, reporting scams and finding accredited legal services.
Remember, the Wrong Help Can Hurt! An informational brochure and flyer are also available on www.uscis.gov.
more information on USCIS and its processes, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.
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