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The Wall Street Journal ran on article on March 15, 2013 by Miriam Jordan titled Young Immigrants’Applications Fall about the decline in the deferred action (DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications over the past several months.

The number of applicants for an Obama administration program that allows young illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. dropped to its lowest monthly level yet in January, a decline that experts attributed to the possibility of comprehensive immigration overhaul, lack of awareness and the cost to apply.”

The number of applicants had been over 100,000 each month for September and October.  However in January it was about 31,000 and February only had about 15,000 applicants. There was a rush of immigrants who came forward at the beginning of the program but there are many more who have not come forward, most likely because they are afraid or do not have the money to pursue the program.

In addition, “some immigrants are holding off because Congress has begun to consider an immigration overhaul that could offer legal permanent status to most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.  The DACA program doesn’t offer a green card or a path to citizenship, and participants must reapply every two years.”

“The slowdown comes despite what DACA’s proponents hailed as potentially life-changing benefits for those who qualify.  In addition to lifting the threat of deportation, it grants a work permit to the immigrants, most of whom were brought to the U.S. as children. Critics of DACA have claimed that the program was implemented to boost President Barack Obama’s support among Hispanics in the November election.”

It is estimated that there are about 1.8 million young immigrants who could benefit from the program.  According to the latest data a total of about 420,000 people had applied for deferred action and about 200,000 had been approved.  This does not necessarily mean that only about half of the applications would be approved (the number is likely quite a bit higher).  In all likelihood not all of the 420,000 applications had been reviewed fully by USCIS.

In order to apply for deferred action the applicant must prove the following: “that they arrived in the U.S. before they were 16 years old, be under the age of 31 now and have lived continuously in the U.S. for the past 5 years.  If they are military veterans they must prove that they were honorably discharged.  They also must have graduated from high school or show they are working toward a high-school diploma.”  If you think you may qualify for this program please contact our office.  We would be happy to help you.

Lawrence Gruner is an  experienced immigration attorney,  deferred action lawyer california california fiance visa attorney  and an experienced california fiance visa lawyer with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases. He has office locations throughout northern California. His office handles immigration cases throughout California (including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento) the United States and the World. You may reach us from anywhere in the world toll free at 888-801-6558 .

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