It's official. As of August 15, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept applications for deferred action for childhood arrivals. Yesterday, the Director of USCIS Alejandro Mayorkas announced that forms I-821D and I-765WS, newly created forms, and I-765 application for employment authorization will be used to apply for such benefit. The filing fees will amount to $465, covering both the employment authorization and biometrics fees.
One will be able to travel outside of the United States once approved for deferred action and presumably obtain a social security number once their work authorization is issued. Again, to be eligible for such benefit, one must show the following:
- 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.
These guidelines must be met for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. USCIS retains the ultimate discretion on whether deferred action is appropriate in any given case.
The USCIS website contains additional information on the type of documentation that is acceptable to meet those guidelines and on the definition of some of those terms listed above.
Our Orlando office is ready to accept applications for deferred action for childhood arrivals. You can contact us at 407-373-0994 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit our blog for further information and updates.