Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
In an effort to implement benefits that were proposed under the DREAM ACT initiative, the Obama administration directed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to accept applications of young illegal or undocumented immigrants for “Deferred Action” status and, importantly, for employment authorization. In addition to being able to apply for a work permit and obtaining a social security number, and driver license, deferred action status will protect those young immigrants from deportation for a period of two years with the option of renewal of deferred action status. Moreover, deferred action status prevents accrual of unlawful presence and helps alleviating the harsh consequences of the inadmissibility bar (3/10 year bar).
USCIS confirmed that information related to family members or guardians, that is disclosed in the application will NOT be used for purposes of immigration enforcement against family members and guardians.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications on August 15, 2012.