Effective August 15, 2012, USCIS announced that it will start accepting requests for deferred action. Earlier this summer on June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had announced that a certain class of young individuals will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those eligible for consideration are individuals who came to the U.S. as young children and who meet the following criteria:
• Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16;
• Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012;
• Have maintained continuous residence;
• Have not been convicted of one serious crime or multiple minor crimes, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and • Be currently enrolled in high school, graduated or have a GED, or have enlisted in the military.
USCIS will review requests and grant deferred action on a case-by-case basis. Eligible individuals will receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be allowed to apply for work authorization.
For more information on the deferred action process, see www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.