Immigration officials today, Aug. 3, released updated information for the first time since June 15 on the deferred action under the Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children directive. The announcement came in preparation for the Aug. 15 implementation date.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on July 15 announced that some immigrants, who came to the US as children and met other requirements, could be eligible to receive deferred action for being in the country illegally. The announcement garnered applauds from undocumented immigrants and their supporters who see it as a path to legal residency, work permits and driver’s licenses in California.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is finalizing the details and is scheduled to make all forms, instructions and additional information available on Aug. 15, according to a press release. At that time, USCIS will begin to accept applications online.
Today’s announcement indicated the following:
–Requestors – those in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceedings – will be able to affirmatively request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals with USCIS.
–Requestors will use a form developed for this specific purpose.
–Requestors will mail their deferred action request together with an application for an employment authorization document and all applicable fees to the USCIS lockbox.
–All requestors must provide biometrics and undergo background checks.
–Fee waivers cannot be requested for the application for employment authorization and biometric collection. However, fee exemptions will be available in limited circumstances.
–The four USCIS Service Centers will review requests.
More information will be available on Aug. 15 at www.uscis.gov. Requests submitted before August 15, 2012 will be rejected.
Individuals are urged to be cautious of immigration scams.