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USCRI Urges Young Undocumented Immigrants to Take Advantage of Deferred Action USCIS Policy

August 15, 2012   

(Washington, D.C.) – USCRI President and CEO Lavinia Limón today strongly urged young undocumented immigrants across the country who meet eligibility requirements to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefit available now through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Beginning today, August 15, 2012, USCIS is accepting requests for consideration of Deferred Action.  Limón said the new immigration policy offers real benefits for many young immigrants, including immunity from deportation and eligibility for renewable, two-year work permits if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16, have been in the country for five continuous years, have no criminal history, and graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military.  She encouraged applicants to make their strongest case possible to USCIS to ensure success.

“Deferred Action offers a wonderful opportunity for more than one million young people – often called DREAMers – to come out of the shadows and become full participants in our society.  It is a great step forward,” said Limon.  “I urge applicants to make their best case by obtaining strong legal help with preparing their applications from USCRI or other non-profit organizations providing legal immigration services by collecting all the documentation required by the process and any documents showing their community service, academic awards, and so on that will strengthen their request for deferred action.  Undocumented immigrants should take full advantage of this rare and important opportunity.”

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