Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that
it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration
of deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, 2012, Secretary
of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who
came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may
request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action.
"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
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.