Deferred Action for DREAM-Eligible Young People

Help for DREAMers – Deferred Action

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was recinded on September 5, 2017 following an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The program, established under President Obama in 2012, has shielded more than 800,000 young individuals from deportation and granted them the opportunity to remain in the U.S. to work, go to school and serve in our military. A recent Center for American Progress assessment found that ending the DACA program would remove at least $433.4 billion from the U.S. GDP cumulatively over a decade. In Arizona alone, there are nearly 28,000 DACA recipients. Ending DACA would cost Arizona more than $1.3 billion in annual GDP.

DACA recipients whose current benefits expire on or before March 5, 2018 have until October 5, 2017 to file their renewal applications. New applications as well as renewals for recipients whose benefits expire after March 5, 2018 will not be accepted by USCIS.

If you have any questions, please call my district office at (520) 622-6788. My staff is ready to help eligible DREAMers and their families navigate this process given its termination.

IMPORTANT information related to existing, pending, new, and renewal DACA petitions. If you have specific questions, please call our office at (520) 622-6788.

EXISTING: Will not terminate previously issued deferred action or revoke Employment Authorization Documents for the remaining duration of their validity periods.

PENDING: Will adjudicate properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents that have been accepted by the Department as of September 5th, 2017.

NEW: Will reject all DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed after September 5th, 2017.

RENEWALS: Will adjudicate properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted by the Department as of September 5th, 2017 and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between the dates of September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted by the Department as of October 5, 2017.


What is deferred action?  

In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced that certain young undocumented immigrants may be granted relief from deportation through “deferred action.” Successful applicants are eligible for deportation relief for two years, which is subject to renewal. They may apply for employment authorization. These young people are commonly referred to as “DREAMers” because they would have been provided pathway to citizenship under the DREAM Act, which I strongly support.

Who qualifies for deferred action?

Individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if they meet the following criteria:

-  Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

-  Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;

-  Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 

-  Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

-  Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;

-  Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and

-  Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If you believe that you or a loved one meets these criteria, I encourage you to keep reading for further details on how to get help. 

How can I learn more about deferred action?

I recommend reviewing the following documents for further help:

• Click here to download the USCIS brochure on deferred action (PDF). 
This document provides a useful and succinct 2 page overview of the deferred action process and who may qualify.  I encourage you to read this document first to get more information.

• Click here to download USCIS Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). 
This document is more thorough.  If you still believe that you or a loved one may qualify, please read this for additional information.

Additionally, you can always get the latest on deferred action by visiting the USCIS web resource center at

Where can I get help?

My district office staff is here to help you in any way that it can by providing you with up-to-date information on deferred action.  Please call (520) 622-6788 for further help.  

Protect yourself from scams.

Please be wary of notarios who are taking advantage of young people by charging a fee to submit forms to USCIS on their behalf.  Visit for tips on filing forms, reporting scams and finding accredited legal services. Many local non-profits are planning to offer reduced fee or free services to eligible youth.

Deferred action application documents.

Please use the following links to download the necessary instructions and applications for deferred action.

Deferred Action

• Instructions: Consideration of Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals.  Download the PDF at

• Application: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Download the PDF at

Employment Authorization 

 Instructions: Application for Employment Authorization (I-765).  Download the PDF at

 Application: Employment Authorization (I-765).  Download the PDF at

• Authorization: Economic Need for Employment (I-765WS). Download the PDF at