We should soon know the details of the deferred action application program for DREAMers!
Although the deferred action application program has still not been announced, there have been recent developments. We’ve learned:
- Formal guidelines for the application process may be available on August 1, 2012.
- USCIS plans to begin accepting applications on August 15, 2012.
- USCIS plans to create a new form for the deferred action application and to use the existing Form I-765 for the employment authorization application. Applicants can file these forms simultaneously. However, USCIS plans to require approval of the deferred action application before USCIS will process the employment authorization application.
- The government fee for the deferred action application is still unknown. USCIS plans to keep the government fee for the employment authorization application at $465.
- USCIS plans to have applicants mail their applications to a USCIS lockbox. USCIS will then forward the applications to one of the four regional service centers for processing (California Service Center, Vermont Service Center, Texas Service Center, Nebraska Service Center).
- USCIS expects to receive a high number of deferred action applications at once. Although USCIS is hiring additional staff, USCIS Receipt Notices may not be generated for 60 to 90 days and Biometrics Appointments (appointments for fingerprinting and a photograph for the background check) may not be scheduled for another 30 to 60 days following issuance of the Receipt Notice
- On July 26, DHS postponed a teleconference on the deferred action program. Once the teleconference is held, we’ll tell you what we learned!
Be sure to check in often to VISANOW for breaking information on the deferred action application program!