Deferred Action Guide: What You Need to Know

In this video, former INS Trial Attorney Carl Shusterman provides a Deferred Action Guide telling you what you need to know about President Obama’s new DACA program. He explains the eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the forms and fees involved, and the evidence you need to provide the USCIS to demonstrate your eligibility.



On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that, effective immediately, certain individuals who were brought to the US as children and meet specific criteria will be considered for relief from deportation or the initiation of removal proceedings.

This policy is expected to help over one million persons who below to a group commonly referred to as DREAMers. Applicants for deferred action are also eligible to apply for  a two-year work card through this new policy.

Deferred Action Guide

In order to apply for deferred action, an applicant must be under the age of 31, have come to the US before the age of sixteen, have continually resided in the US for at least 5 years preceding 6-15-12 and been present in the US on that date. They must also be enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a general education (GED) certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the US Coast Guard or Armed Forces. Finally, the individual cannot have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, 3 or more misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

We hope that this deferred action guide answers many of your questions about the DACA process.


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