On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security announced that, as an exercise of its prosecutorial discretion, "certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home" will receive relief from the threat of deportation.
The application process is open as of Wednesday, August 15. Applicants will need to file the following forms in order to apply:
These documents are available on the USCIS website.
If you would like to become a client of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, you MUST:
If you have questions, it is likely that you can find the answer here in an extensive FAQ at the USCIS website.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
ILCM cautions against seeking advice from immigration consultants that are sometimes known as “notarios.” To ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk, you should only seek legal advice from a licensed attorney, preferably an attorney specializing in immigration law. To determine if a person offering legal services is in fact licensed as an attorney in Minnesota, you can visit this website. There, you can also view whether the lawyer has been disciplined. Important: Immigration lawyers do not need to be licensed in Minnesota but must hold a license from at least one state in the U.S., so be sure to ask where your attorney is licensed and check that state’s licensure database. Check our website or Facebook page for updates to this procedure.
What you can do:
Before applying, gather documentation that may be required to evaluate whether or not you will be eligible to apply for deferred action. The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota recommends gathering the following documentation so that you have it ready to review with our office or with another attorney:
- Click here to watch a video in which ILCM Director John Keller addresses the audience at the Navigate/ILCM conference on June 30, 2012. (In Spanish.)