Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: USCIS Begins Accepting Requests

USCIS has announced that effective August 15, it will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, where-under certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action. USCIS will review requests and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. 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.

Individuals requesting consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals must submit Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with accompanying fees); and an I-765WS, Worksheet.

USCIS has also advised that it is important that individuals wishing to be considered for deferred action understand the requirements necessary to demonstrate eligibility to be considered, and cautioned that individuals who believe they are eligible should be aware of immigration scams as unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may try to take advantage of them by charging a fee to submit forms to USCIS on their behalf.

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