What is the deadline to apply for the deferred action policy? Under the Obama Administration, we heard about the deferred action if someone meets certain criteria, but what should someone do to apply and where and how? Do someone really need a lawyer? or someone can just go on their own and self apply?
Hello. You ask very good questions here.
1. Regarding when to apply. Per USCIS' website, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alerts eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memorandum issued by Secretary Napolitano on June 15. If you submit now, your application will be rejected. The Secretary’s directive gives USCIS 60 days to create a process to accept these requests and we are unable to accept requests at this time. Please continue to check our website for updates.
2. Regarding your question about needing a lawyer. Given that this is a new policy, I encourage you to contact a local attorney before you file for deferred action.
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There is no deadline. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications from those not currently in removal proceedings (facing deportation) by around August 15, 2012. It would be worth it to at least have an initial consultation with an attorney who can evaluate your case, then you can decide from there whether you wish to proceed on your own or hire an attorney.
There is no deadline that we know of yet to apply for Deferred Action. I would highly encourage you to go through a credible lawyer because there is NO appeals process once a case is denied under Deferred Action. USCIS has indicated only that there will be some supervisory review to ensure that officers are reviewing cases correctly, but there is no appeals process.
The money you spend on a lawyer to file a case correctly will be worth it because of the benefits - renewable work permit, driver's license and social security card (the right to get a driver's license will vary from state to state, but you can get a driver's license in California with a work permit as ID).
Lastly, if you still decide not to go through an attorney, do not to pay anyone who is not an attorney (ex: notario) to file this application for you. Only a licensed lawyer knows the laws and can give you legal advice that is accurate.
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