How Long Does it Take for I-821D to be approved?

I-821DAs of January 15, 2013, the Obama Administration has approved 154,404 applications for Deferred Action. The program has only been around for close to six months.

According to the most recent numbers the USCIS has released, a total of 407,899 applications have been received. Out of those 407,899, the number of applications accepted has been 394,533. The total number of rejected applications is 13,366.

It’s hard to say exactly how long it takes to be approved. Some recipients who applied in August were approved by September while some who applied in August might still have their application under review.

Deferred Action is granted on a case-by-case basis and the documents submitted will vary from person to person. About 38% of all applications have been approved in the last five months, which means the process can move along quickly if you are diligent when gathering your evidence and you submit an error-free application.

To apply for Deferred Action, you must file three forms:

  • Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Form  I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
  • Form I-765WS, the Worksheet Establishing your Financial Need for Employment

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement last month that said that people who receive Deferred Action are given full authorization to remain in the U.S. and are “lawfully present” even though they do not have “lawful status.”

After this confirmation, states that have thus far denied driver’s licenses to Deferred Action recipients have begun to revise their policies.