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Blog: Deferred Deportation for Childhood Arrivals

Aug 15, 2012 | By Sr. Mary Ellen Lacey, D.C.

On June 15, 2012, Janet Napolitano announced that undocumented youth who were less than 31 years old on that date and had come to the United States before they were 16 years old may be eligible to apply for deferred deportation and work authorization. They must also meet other criteria, including length of residence and education requirements, and there are criminal background limitations. 

As of August 15, 2012, if they meet all delineated qualifying criteria, they may file a request with a specified USCIS office for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.  If deferred action is granted, the individual would then be eligible for work authorization.  While data varies, it is safe to say that about 1.5 million undocumented young people seem to qualify for this life enhancing administrative action.

NETWORK reinforces its support for this bold and long awaited Administrative relief.  Unfortunately, this relief does not provide a path to citizenship and is not available to all childhood arrivals.  As such, NETWORK continues to lobby for DREAM ACT and, ultimately, comprehensive Immigration Reform.

For list of specific qualifying criteria, deadlines and forms, see

Take note of the following process issues and specifics at the above site.   

  • Individuals must demonstrate through “verifiable documentation” that they meet the outlined criteria and make their request to the USCIS on three established forms which can be found on the above website.  When completing the forms, applicants should review the detailed instructions for each form to ensure compliance with requirements.   
  • In addition, applicants wanting to be notified by e-mail or text message that their forms have been accepted should also submit Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petitioner Acceptance.
  • There is a $465 fee, which covers the cost of a biometric check, the background check for applicants and checking each application on a case-by-case basis for fraud.   This fee requirement should quiet the GOP complaints of increased cost to the USA for implementing the program.  A receipt will be issued to those who submi