Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is program put in place by the Obama Administration in August of 2012. With lots of pressure from immigrant groups, and re-election at stake, this program was most likely created to address the fact that Obama was not able to get comprehensive immigration reform in his first term in office, even though he promised he would.
Although Deferred Action only attempts to deal with some immigration issues for a select few, it shows that the cases of young undocumented immigrants matter.
Who should File Form I-821D?
This form should be filed by you if you fulfill the following requirements:
- You are in the U.S. at the time you are applying for Deferred Action.
- You were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012.
- You came to the country before you turned 16.
- You have remained in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
- You were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.
- You entered without inspection before June 15,2012 or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15,2012
- You are in school, have graduated, or have GED, or have been honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or Armed Forces.
- You have a clean record with no felony convictions, significant misdemeanors, three or more other misdemeanors.
- You are not considered to be a threat to national security or public safety.
Check if you are eligible for Deferred Action with our free eligibility quiz!
Applying for Deferred Action
Once you know that you definitely are eligible for Deferred Action, you must go through the process of gathering the documents required to prove that you do have all the requirements. When you file Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, with us, we can help you go through the process step-by-step. This way the application will not overwhelm you, and you will instead make less mistakes.