On August 3, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that beginning on August 15, 2012, persons meeting the criteria below will be able to apply for deferred action and work authorization. They have created a new form for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The form will be available on August 15.
The filing fee for both DACA and work authorization is $465. The filing fee must be made payable to the “Department of Homeland Security”.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
To be considered “currently in school” under the guidelines, you must be enrolled in school on the date you submit a request for consideration of deferred action under this process. If you have not graduated high school – enroll in school now!
Individuals may begin to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals on August 15, 2012.