U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on August 3 released their much-anticipated guidelines for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has the potential provide relief from deportation for millions of DREAMers.
Based on the new guidelines, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on August 7 released a new estimate in a fact sheet, “Relief from Deportation: Demographic Profile of the DREAMers Potentially Eligible under the Deferred Action Policy.” MPI forecasts that as many as 1.76 million people may be eligible for deferred action. This new estimate is an increase of 360,000 over previous predictions.
While questions remain regarding some aspects of deferred action, such as clarification of criminal bars, confidentiality, and the longevity of the program, LIRS views these new developments as a step in the right direction toward creating a pathway to citizenship for this vulnerable group of aspiring young Americans.
For a list of guidelines for eligible DREAMers, visit the USCIS deferred action website. The following additional resources may also be helpful:
- Conference Call, Thursday, August 16 at 3:30-5:30 EST: The Interfaith Immigration Coalition will host a webinar and conference call with immigration attorneys and United We DREAM. The webinar will include a visual portion for those who RSVP here. Dial 1-218-936-4700 and enter Access Code: 657758
- National Immigration Forum resources: frequently asked questions, advice on avoiding scams, and other information
- American Immigration Lawyers Association resources: important dates, guidance for practitioners, and additional resources
- Deferred action for DREAMERS: what you need to know
- Lo Que Necesita Saber: Acción Diferida para los DREAMers
NOTE: These resources contain general information and are not legal advice. Every case is different. Do NOT take advice from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advice on your individual case.
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