Will There Be a Drug Test for the USCIS Deferred Action Process?

Deferred Action is a policy that can benefit thousands of young undocumented immigrants in the United States. One question that often comes up is whether or not applicants will have to pass a drug test when applying for the program. The following are the requirements the Obama Administration has set for an eligible Deferred Action applicant. To prove that you have all the requirements, you will have to submit various Deferred Action documents:

  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she entered the U.S. before turning 16
  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she has been present in the U.S. as of June 15, 2012
  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she has continuously lived in the U.S. for at least five years.
  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she was younger than 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she is in school, has received a GED or has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard.
  • The applicant will demonstrate that he or she has not been convicted of a felony, a “significant misdemeanor,” three misdemeanors and does not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If you are worried about a potential drug test, don’t be. Among all the information the USCIS has released about Deferred Action, there is not a single mention of a drug test. They only want to make sure that you fulfill the requirements mentioned above.