Due to the strict U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations on deferred action criteria, schools in the United States have been flooded with requests for legal documents. While applicants want to send in their paperwork as quickly as possible, many find themselves having to wait a few weeks longer than anticipated.
The Mexican consulate in Los Angeles issued more than 17,400 passports in August 2012, which marks a 63 percent increase over the past year. The average wait time for processing increased from one or two days to more than 40 days because of the increased workload. Schools and organizations all across the country are experiencing the same demand.
Accordingly, USCIS has recently clarified expectations telling applicants that they need proof, but not exhaustive proof, of their physical whereabouts to qualify for the program.
The new guidelines issued on September 14, 2012, say that applicants should provide as much evidence as possible that they’ve spent the required time in the United States, but they don’t have to account for every day of the last five years, which may ease some of the anxiety many undocumented youth are feeling.
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