National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

August 15. USCIS has begun accepting applications from young undocumented immigrants who wish to take advantage of the Administration's new deferred action policy (a form of administrative relief from deportation) for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as young children and meet certain criteria. Many of these young people would be covered by the DREAM Act. Forms and instructions are available on the USCIS Web site. Note: If you believe you are potentially eligible for deferred action and are currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) then you must request deferred action directly from ICE by contacting the ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Persons will be eligible for deferred action if they can demonstrate that they:

  • came to the United States before the age of sixteen as of June 15, 2012;

  • were in the U.S. on June 15 and have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years;

  • are currently in school, graduated from high school, obtained a general education development certificate, or were honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces;

  • have not been convicted of certain crimes;

  • are not a threat to national security or public safety; and

  • were not above the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

More Information - Deferred Action Resources

Information from USCIS and the Administration

Information on Implementation

  • Fact Sheet: Deferred Action Program Moves Forward, National Immigration Forum, September 14, 2012. This paper lists some factors that might affect the volume of DACA requests and the timeline for the processing of those requests in the beginning months of the program.

Questions and Answers and Legal Information

Background on Deferred Action, the Administration's Legal Authority, Potential Beneficiaries, and Potential Economic Impact of Deferred Action

Resources on Avoiding Fraud

  • Resources on Avoiding Fraud: The Wrong Help can Hurt: Beware of Immigration Scams, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. This page contains links to resources to help individuals avoid immigration fraud, including a document describing common immigration scams and a chart listing state entities where scams can be reported.

  • Resources on Avoiding Fraud: Stop Notario Fraud, American Immigration Lawyers Association. This Web site has extensive information describing immigration fraud, where to get help, and where to find legitimate immigration legal services.

  • Flyer: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Don’t Get Scammed!, American Immigration Lawyer's Association.

  • Resources on Avoiding Fraud: Fight Notario Fraud, American Bar Association. This Web site has pages dedicated to information for victims and resources for attorneys.

  • Resources on Avoiding Fraud: No sea víctima del fraude de inmigración, Executive Office for Immigration Review. Some dos and don'ts for avoiding immigration fraud (in Spanish).


  • Own the DREAM. Own the DREAM is a national campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and work permits.

  • United We Dream

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