Monday, September 17, 2012

USCIS Releases Statistics on DACA Program

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released information about applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Between August 15, 2012 and September 13, 2012, the USCIS has received 82,361 requests.  These statistics show that 29 requests have been completed.  More information is available at the USCIS DACA website.

Many more people are eligible for relief from deportation and legal work authorization.  You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you: 
  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If you may be eligible, or have questions about this program, please contact us at