On August 3rd, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials released additional details about the process now being called deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Even though new details are available now, the applications for deferred action (lowered priority for deportation) will be accepted beginning(AND NOT BEFORE) August 15, 2012.
Applications filed before August 15, 2012 will be REJECTED.
For an update on eligibility requirements, click here.
USCIS officials made some important clarifications about the deferred action process in the August 3rd announcement, including:
1. Being granted deferred action and/or work authorization through this process is NOT a pathway to legal permanent residency or citizenship. 2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in school, have received a high school diploma or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the armed services or coast guard on or before the date the application is filed. 3. The application fee for filing a deferred action request with USCIS will be $465. The forms are still being developed and will be available at www.uscis.gov on August 15, 2012. 4. Applicants will submit the newly created form along with a second form requesting work authorization for a two-year period, subject to renewal. 5. There will be no fee waivers available, but individuals meeting limited criteria may be eligible for a fee exemption.
Frequently asked questions, an overview of the process and more details can be found here.
For questions related to a specific case, call Latinos Progresando at 773-542-7077, or visit the Latinos Progresando office (3047 W. Cermak) during walk-in hours for a consultation with an accredited representative.
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