Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Lawyers, is pleased to announce that on August 3, 2012 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15 implementation date.
On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is finalizing a process by which potentially eligible individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.
USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process available on August 15, 2012. USCIS will then immediately begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Information shared during today’s call includes the following highlights: (1) those in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceedings will be able to affirmatively request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals with USCIS; (2) requestors will use a form developed for this specific purpose (this form has not yet been provided by USCIS); (3) requestors will mail their deferred action request together with an application for an employment authorization document and all applicable fees to an appropriate USCIS lockbox; (4) all requestors must provide biometrics and undergo background checks; (5) fee waivers cannot be requested for the application for employment authorization and biometric collection (fee exemptions will be available in limited circumstances with respect to the application for deferred action itself).
Additional information regarding the Secretary’s June 15 announcement will be made available on www.uscis.gov on August 15, 2012. It is important to note that this process is not yet in effect and individuals who believe they meet the guidelines of this new process should not request consideration of deferred action before August 15, 2012. Requests submitted before August 15, 2012 will be rejected.
Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Lawyers in Goose Creek, South Carolina, are here to help eligible applicants complete the deferred action process. Should you or a loved one believe you/he/she may be eligible for deferred action call Miller|Conway, Charleston Immigration Lawyers, at 843.764.3334 to discuss your options.