By far, the most trending topic on the subject of immigration is the deferred action policy recently announced. Regular readers of this blog in Miami and beyond know that we have been providing updates on the matter as they become available. Last week, we reported that it was not yet clear what steps undocumented immigrants who want to stay in the country needed to take. We now have more information on that.
The young people who meet the requirements for the two-year deferred action need to file an application that will be made available later this month. The application will be available online to download on August 15th. Interested individuals will need to download and complete the form and then send it, along with a work authorization application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Another part of the application is providing fingerprints.
While because it is not clear how long the program will be available, it is important to get one's application in as close as possible to when the application becomes available, applicants should not be too eager. Any application that is received prior to August 15th will not be accepted. Once an application has been submitted, it is not known how long it will take to turnaround. The USCIS director indicated the time period will depend on how many people apply.
There is of course a fee associated with the process. The application itself is free of charge, but for fingerprint processing and the work permit, applicants must pay $465.
Advocates in the field of immigration are warning that application scams will likely arise. Anyone who has questions on the process can consult and immigration attorney.
Source: The Miami Herald, "Young undocumented immigrants must apply for "deferred action"," Anna Edgerton, Aug. 3, 2012
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