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What to Do While Waiting for Deferred Action

What to Do While Waiting for Deferred Action

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1333 H Street, NW Suite 900 West Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone | 202-644-8600Fax | 202-644-8615
 July 2, 2012
What to do while waiting for the Citizenship &Immigration Service to implement Deferred Action for Dreamers
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intentionto give deferred action and employment authorization documents (EADs) for a periodof two years to certain young people who came to the United States as children. Theseindividuals must demonstrate that they:
 
Entered the U.S. before the age of 16
 
Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012
 
Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
 
Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED,or are honorably discharged veterans of the Armed Forces or Coast Guard.
 
Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense,multiple misdemeanors, or otherwise present a threat to national security or public safety
 
Were not above the age of 30 on June 15, 2012.While individuals who are in removal proceedings or the subject of final orders ofremoval can seek deferred action from Immigration & Customs Enforcement startingimmediately, those who have never been in removal proceedings must wait for the U.S.Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS) to implement procedures to receiveapplications for deferred action. The DHS announcement gave the CIS 60 days (August14, 2012) to implement the process. Applicants should not submit any applicationsbefore the process has been established as they will be rejected.Although the CIS will not start accepting applications until at least August 15, 2012,individuals who may be eligible for DREAM Act deferred action can take certain stepsthat may require additional lead time while waiting for the process to becomeavailable:

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