Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Form I-821D DACAAnnounced today, Form I-821D will be used to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This form should be filed concurrently with (at the same time as) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-765WS, Worksheet.

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Who is eligible to file Form I-821D?

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to file:

  1. Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Have come to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Have entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificated of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, signification misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.


Who may file Form I-821D?

  1. Childhood arrivals who have never been in removal proceedings
  2. Childhood arrivals whose removal proceedings were terminated
  3. Childhood arrivals in removal proceedings, with a final removal order, or with voluntary departure (NOTE: If ICE has already deferred action in your case, you may file Form I-765 and I-765WS to request work authorization; you do not need to file this form.)


What is the filing fee for Form I-821D?

The filing fee $465. Form I-821D must be filed with Form I-765 and I-765WS. The fee for Form I-765 is $380 and the biometrics fee is $85.


Where do you file Form I-821D?

You may prepare form I-821D right here!


What is the procedure for processing Form I-821D?

USCIS will review applications on a case by case basis. Prosecutorial discretion will determine acceptance or rejection of applications due to considerations of eligibility requirements and public safety.