Archive for the Deferred Action Category

Expanded DACA will begin February 18 2015

USCIS to Begin Accepting Requests for Expanded DACA on Feb. 18 01/30/2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. That will be the first day to request DACA under therevised guidelines established as part of President Obama’s

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Immigration changes 2014; DACA program expanded

The post below comes directly from USCIS in their weekly update on immigration affairs.  This program may only last until the next voting cycle, or be modified dramatically by legislative action.  The expansion of DACA and the permission to allow parents of permanent residents and citizens to

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DACA Renewal Guidelines; USCIS provides forms and guidance for DACA Renewal

The USCIS has now published its guidelines for deferred action renewals; the most important part is the timing of such renewals, which will be complicated by the approximately 550,000 eligible DACA recipients that must renew every two years. DACA Renewal Eligibility: You may request a renewal if

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DACA recipients of deferred action and health insurance

A recent question came into this firm about the coverage available to DACA recipients; grantees who applied for and received deferred action under the DACA program.  As it turns out, there were changes in 2012 to the federal Affordable Care Act to exclude DACA recipients from affordable

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UnDACAmented aliens; over half of all eligible Dreamers have not applied as of March 2013

A new article, based on recent statistics gleaned from the Department of Homeland Security’s databases, estimates that only half of all DACA eligible individuals, or Dreamers, have applied for the program.  The article by the American Immigration Council sources its information directly from the Department, and amounts

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Deferred action approvals are at or above 200,000; many dreamers have not applied

The latest statistics report on deferred action, as of the middle of February, shows just over 199,000 approved applicants in the deferred action program.  The records however show only 423,000 applications submitted; which means there are more eligible applicants that have not applied, than have applied.  The

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Documentation for deferred action applications

Documentation for Deferred Action Applications Documentation of presence in this country for the correct time period for a deferred action application must be complete and consistent.  The records must cover at least five years prior to June 15, 2012.  You must demonstrate nearly continuous physical residence in

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A grant of deferred action is lawful presence

The USCIS has again provided guidance on the deferred action programs, and the effect this form of relief has on anyone present in the U.S. without documentation.  Living in this country without documentation is considered time spent ‘illegally present”, which can in turn provide a basis for

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Approval of deferred action applications; the next steps

After your deferred action application is granted, what are your next steps? This firm is now receiving its first approvals of deferred action applications, after what appears to be an average processing time of 120 days.  Once the application is approved, two letters are sent out; one

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Deferred action statistics for November 2012, and USCIS clarifies rules on traffic offenses

USCIS publishes statistics on the approval of deferred action applications, but only periodically; the last publication appears to be November 15, 2012.  The statistics are available here: 2012-1116 DACA Monthly Report, for review, but it is important to note the following: Applications are rejected overall about 3.2% of

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