August 17th, 2012 by Eric Ramos
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a new policy in the Department of Homeland Security designed to grant permission to work to and delay the deportation of certain undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States before they were 16. Here we will discuss how to take full advantage of this new policy and get you on the path to participating legally in the American society and economy.
How to file for Deferred Action in Five Easy Steps:
- Find out if you are eligible. The Deferred Action policy is only for a select group of undocumented immigrants. There are over 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and of them only approximately 950,000 are eligible for Deferred Action right now. Immigration Direct offers a convenient online quiz to check your eligibility.
- File for Deferred Action. In order to file you will have to fill out and send in form I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS. It is very important to fill these forms out correctly because very simple errors can result in your application’s rejection. Even the color ink that you use is important. And if you do make a mistake it may take months to hear from DHS about it if at all. Immigration Direct offers a product that can help you file correctly.
- Gather necessary documents. You will have to provide documents to prove that you qualify for Deferred Action. You can find a comprehensive list of these necessary documents on our blog.
- Attend the USCIS interview. After your application has been reviewed by the USCIS you will need to go to the interview that the government has scheduled for you. The USCIS officer will determine whether or not you qualify, take your biometrics and tell you if you need to provide any additional documentation.
- Find a job and be safe in knowing that you will not face removal proceedings for two years!