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Applications  for Dreamer Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are Available

Banach Ragland LLP’s Lifted Lamp blog reported on July 19th that at her testimony before the House of Representatives’ Department of Homeland Security Oversight Committee, DHS head Janet Napolitano made a major announcement about the Administration’s deferred action initiative.  That initiative has been on hold pending further details, like how to apply.

“With regards to deferred action, Napolitano said that applications will be available on August 15 and added in her testimony that:

Individuals must also complete a biographic and biometric background check and not currently in removal proceedings or subject to a final order, must be 15 years or older to be considered for deferred action. Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be considered for deferred action under this initiative. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States or cannot prove that they have continuously resided within the United States for at least five years.

Napolitano reiterated that the program will not cost American taxpayers because there will be a fee for the process (in addition to the $380 for work authorization and $80 for biometrics). It is important to note that DHS has not yet decided the cost of the application.”

Napolitano: Deferred Action Applications Will Be Available on August 15