Young Immigrants Can Apply for Two-Year Extensions to Temporary Deportation Waivers

Young Immigrants Can Apply for Two-Year Extensions to Temporary Deportation Waivers

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program announced by President Obama in 2012, about 560,000 people who were brought to the country illegally as children were granted temporary work permits and two-year deportation deferrals. The first permits issued then will expire this September.

On June 5, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that individuals may renew their enrollment in the DACA program. US Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) has submitted an updated form to the Federal Register that would allow individuals to previously enrolled to renew their deferral for a two-year period. At the direction of the Secretary, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests, effective immediately. USCIS will also accept DACA requests from individuals who have not previously sought access to the program. Over half a million people have received deferrals through DACA as of April 2014.

The deferrals are available to immigrants under 31 who have lived here since June 15, 2007, and who arrived before they were 16. Those convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors, or who pose a threat to public safety are ineligible.

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