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Policy Update: New Information on Deferred Action
August 08, 2012 - Posted by Josh Breisblatt
On Friday, August 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided some important details about the highly anticipated and much discussed deferred action initiative originally announced by the Obama Administration on June 15.
The new information explains how the deferred action process (a form of administrative relief from deportation) will work for those who qualify, namely certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. This initiative has been given the acronym DACA, which stands for deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Some newly released highlights include answers to the following questions:
More Information — Deferred Action Resources
Memorandum: Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children, Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, June 15, 2012. On August 3, USCIS posted multiple resources to help individuals navigate the process:
1) A detailed USCIS flowchart on who is eligible for deferred action. 2) A helpful flier from USCIS that includes details on eligibility for deferred action and the process for applying. 3) USCIS website spells out the deferred action process. 4) USCIS also has a resource for avoiding scams when applying for deferred action.
Administrative Action: Deferred Action for Certain Young People, the National Immigration Forum’s resource page for deferred action. FAQ: Deferred Action for Certain Immigrant Youth, the National Immigration Law Center’s frequently asked questions page for deferred action, has detailed information describing deferred action, the necessary requirements, and how to apply. Stop Notario Fraud, from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This website has extensive information describing immigration fraud, where to get help, and where to find legitimate immigration legal services.
Consumer Advisory on Deferred Action, the American Immigration Lawyers Association's detailed consumer advisory on how to avoid scams when it comes to deferred action.