USCIS Begins Accepting Requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
| By Verma Law Firm
"USCIS has developed a rigorous review process for deferred action requests under guidelines issued by Secretary Napolitano," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "Childhood arrivals who meet the guidelines and whose cases are deferred will now be able to live without fear of removal, and be able to more fully contribute their talents to our great nation."
Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. USCIS will review requests and make decisions on a case-by-case basis. While it does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred as part of this process will not be removed from the United States for a two-year period, subject to renewal, and may also apply for employment authorization.
USCIS is committed to ensuring that this new process works within the agency's mission to administer our nation's immigration benefits, provide high quality service to the public, and safeguard the integrity of the immigration system.
To learn more about the deferred action for childhood arrivals process, please visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.