Beginning August 15th, 2012, USCIS will start accepting deferred action application from applicants. The application for deferred action can be concurrently filed with an application for work authorization document. The Immigration application fee will be $465.00.
Applicants will be required to undergo biographic and biometric background checks. Applicants convicted of any felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, three or more misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, will not be considered for deferred action status except where Department of Homeland Security determines there are exceptional circumstances.
There will be no fee waivers available for work authorization applications related to the deferred action process.
There will be limited fee exemptions available.
Requests for fee exemptions must be filed and approved before an applicant files his/her application for deferred action status without a fee.
In order to be considered for fee exemption, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
USCIS has indicated it will:
Where an application for deferred action status is denied, and the applicant’s case does not involve a criminal offense, fraud, or a threat to national security or public safety, USCIS has indicated it will not refer such cases to ICE for purposes of removal proceedings except where there are exceptional circumstances.
Applicants cannot appeal a denied application for deferred action status, nor file a motion to reopen or reconsider.
They may however, request a review of a denied application from USCIS if they met all of requirements for deferred action and believe that their application was denied due to one of the following errors:
Unless terminated, individuals granted deferred action status will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a period of two years. They may file for an extension of their deferred action status after two years, as long as they were not above the age of 30 on June 15, 2012 even though they are above 31 years at the time of filing the extension.
Where deferred action status is extended, the work authorization will also be extended.