Understanding the Deferred Action Process

Expanded DACA

As of February 18, 2015 the eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action program have been expanded. The following requirements have changed since 2012:

  • The age cap has been removed. Immigrants who arrived as children do not need to show that they are younger than 31 at the time of filing.
  • Continuous residence has been changed. Immigrants only need to show that they have continuously resided in the United States from January 1, 2010 to the present day.
  • Upon being granted Deferred Action, immigrants will benefit from three years of deportation relief and work authorization instead of the previous two years.

The Deferred Action Process

On 15th August, 2012, the dreams of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States were given a much needed boost when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced.  If you believe that you are eligible to receive deferred action, you must submit a request along with documentation that proves that you are eligible for consideration for deferred action. Remember that the deferred action process does not bestow lawful status in the United States and this process defers removal of certain undocumented immigrants who are considered to be of low priority for the enforcement of US immigration laws.

Filing a Petition to Request Deferred Action

Potential DACA recipients have been able to file for deferred action and renewal for their deferred action since August 15, 2012. The newest, expanded version of the Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for

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