The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the forms today required for individuals requesting consideration of deferred action based on the DHS recently announced guidelines for “DREAMers.” As you may already know, DREAMersare those foreign born children who came to the U.S. before reaching their 16th birthday. The USCIS will begin accepting applications for deferred action status on August 15, 2012. Persons who file their application early will have them rejected. Consideration for deferred action status for “DREAMers” is available to those who:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the U.S. before reaching their 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or had their lawful immigration status expire as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently enrolled 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 misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
As the forms have now been published and submitted to the Federal Register, our office is now in a position to start preparing these forms for filing. If you would like our firm’s assistance, please feel free to make an appointment for a consultation or to continue with your immigration processing.