DHS Outlines Deferred Action Guideline for DREAMers

WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Homeland Security today provided additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15, 2012 implementation date.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced one June 15, 2012, that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is finalizing a process by which potentially eligible individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process available on August 15, 2012. USCIS will then immediately begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Additional information regarding the Secretary’s June 15 announcement will be made available on  August 15, 2012. It is important to note that this process is not yet in effect and individuals who believe they meet the guidelines of this new process should not request consideration of deferred action before August 15, 2012. Requests submitted before August 15, 2012 will be rejected.

Beware of scammers! Unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may try to take advantage of those eligible for deferred action. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for tips on reporting scams and finding accredited legal services. Remember, the Wrong Help Can Hurt! An informational brochure and flyer are also available on www.uscis.gov.

For more information on USCIS and its processes, please visit www.uscis.gov and stay tuned to Tungol Law for up-to-date report.

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