On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced it would implement a "deferred action" program offering a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation (such action will be "deferred') to unauthorized or illegal immigrants under the age of 31, who entered the US before age 16, have lived continuously in the country for at least five years, have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors, and are currently in school or graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military. As noted in a previous post, people who meet these criteria are often referred to as “DREAMers.”
The program of deferred action for childhood arrivals, or "DACA," must be implemented by August 15, 2012. On Friday, August 3rd, the Department of Homeland Security/US Citizenship and Immigration Services released information on how the program will work. DACA will include procedures to obtain employment authorization.
The deferred action program is not yet in effect. It will begin on August 15, and on that date USCIS plans to make the DACA application form and instructions available on its website. ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED BY USCIS BEFORE AUGUST 15, 2012 WILL BE RETURNED.
Please see the following USCIS links for extensive information on this new program: