|1. Breaking News: DHS Announces Application Process for Deferred Action to “Dreamers” on August 3, 2012|
The USCIS on August 3, 2012 released the details Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process, which will temporarily allow some eligible youth to go to school and work without fear of deportation. The DACA program is designed for young people who are under the age of 31; entered the United States before age 16; have resided in the country for at least five years as of June 15, 2012; have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors; and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military.
According to the release, individuals may begin to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals on August 15, 2012. Any earlier filing will be rejected.
Among the key points shared by USCIS:
Readers of our website or clients of Lin & Valdez qualified under DACA please contact us mmediately.
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|2. Breaking News: AILA Releases the Top 8 Items from DHS Announcement on Deferred Action|
Following the DHS’ announcement on August 3, 2012 of more details about the application guideline/method for deferred action under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) immediately released the “Top 8 Items from DHS Announcement on Deferred Action.” The top 8 items are:
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|3. Breaking News: USCIS Released Form for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Application|
USCIS has just released on Aug. 14, 2012 the form required to request consideration for the Deferred Action program. If you have been keeping up with the news then you should be familiar with the general requirements and whether or not you qualify for this program. For a refresher, please see our previous Breaking News post on this website.
The instructions that have just been released set the total filing fees at $465.00, which will cover the deferred action request, employment authorization, and biometrics fees. The forms that will need to be sent in are the newly released Form I-821D, the work authorization form I-765, and the Form I-765 worksheet (Form I-765WS). Interestingly, Form I-821D may not be filed by itself but must be filed with Form I-765 and form I-765WS. This also means that there will be no waiver of any of the filing fees.
Prospective applicants will also need to submit a large amount of supporting documentation and evidence that they meet the guidelines for the program. These documents include:
Again, the above-list is not an exhaustive list of all the documentation that my be required, as every applicants case will be different and may require different documentation. For this reason, it will be important for prospective applicants to make sure that they are well informed and know the process. The easiest way to achieve this, of course, is to have an experience immigration attorney help with the case. The attorneys here at Lin & Valdez will be happy to help you with your application and will answer any remaining questions you might have. Please call us to set up a consultation today.
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|4. TX DPS MEMO – TX Accepts DACA Approval as Proof of Lawful Presence for TX Driver License Application Purpose|
From: DPS Government Relations [mailto:Government.Relations@dps.texas.gov]
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 9:34 PM
To: DPS Government Relations
Subject: Federal deferred action status as it relates to Texas driver licenses
Dear members and staff,
The U. S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced it is granting deferred action status to certain individuals who came to the United States as children. DPS has reviewed this federal measure, state statute and our current policies to determine how it relates to obtaining a Texas driver license, and we have concluded the following:
The “deferred action” status alone will not entitle anyone to a Texas driver license.
All applicants must continue to meet the criteria that the State of Texas requires in order to be eligible to receive a driver license.
*All first time applicants for a Texas driver license must:
Federal immigration documentation indicating approved “deferred action” status meets only one of the Department’s current criteria (lawful presence policy) to receive a driver license. However, they would then have to meet the various other requirements (i.e. identity, residency, SSN, and other requirements*) in order to be issued a driver license.
The expiration date of that driver license will be based on the length of lawful presence indicated in the federal immigration documents, and each license issued will indicate that it is a “limited-term license.”
DPS is providing this information to the media and all others seeking information on this issue.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
DPS Government Relations Team
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|5. Sample Success Story: DACA Deferred Action Relief Granted to Our Client|
On November 23, 2012, the USCIS granted the deferred action relief and working permit to a DACA application we filed for one of our “Dreamer” clients.
The Deferred Action relief and working permit was available for application starting from August of this year. Under the program, “Dreamers” – childhood arrivals- can apply for deferred action and working permit. Since the program started, we have helped many clients prepared and filed the application. This is the first case we filed on Sept. 20, 2012. Our client in this case has received the working permit and is extremely ecstatic. We are also very happy to be able to help the youngsters. We expect that all of our applied cases will be granted gradually.
Attorneys at Lin & Valdez have represented hundreds of aliens in all kinds of proceedings in asylum office and immigration court. We represent clients in all immigration courts of Texas and Louisiana. We have also represented clients in immigration courts in Michigan, California, etc. Our attorneys have also represented clients in various levels of appeal and obtained tremendous success in the appeals. Please contact us immediately if you need representation in immigration court and in BIA or other appealing proceeding. As we have always said, the help you need is just a click away!
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