USCIS begins accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Wednesday, August 15, that it will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

The announcement said that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action.

According to the USCIS, deferred action is “a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.”

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The announcement said:

“USCIS will review requests and make decisions on a case-by-case basis. While it does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred as part of this process will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period, subject to renewal, and may also apply for employment authorization.”

The USCIS noted that individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, as follows:
  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
The USCIS also provided a video about the process. Watch this and get informed: