Archive for the Immigration Category

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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INS issues new guidelines to decrease immigration detentions

On December 21, 2012 the INS director issued new guidelines for field officers, limiting the instances when individuals would be detained for immigration holds; this new guideline is attached, and limits detentions to those aliens arrested when: the individual has a prior felony conviction or has been

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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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USCIS announces new data on Deferred Action Program; 4,591 approvals as of October 10, 2012

USCIS has updated its information on the deferred action program, to include statistics on the number of intakes, approvals, and biometrics notices.  The program has now approved 4,591 applications as of October 10, 2012, out of a total number of 179,794 applications, or a rough approval of

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Deferred action update by USCIS, residency can be proven by unauthorized employment

The USCIS updated its guidelines on September 15, 2012 to answer pressing questions on their records requirements for those submitting application for Deferred Action.  Two of the important updates dealt with proof of residency (from June 15, 2007 to 2012).  The service will apparently accept proof of

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Deferred action program update from USCIS: 29 accepted

The deferred action program is proceeding, although slowly:  the New York Times reports in this article, the following: 82,000 applications accepted. 64,000 referred for fingerprints and background checks. 29 accepted. Many of the clients in this firm received biometrics (fingerprinting) notices.  These are appointments with the local

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