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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

 

Beginning August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications for Deferred Action for people who were brought to the U.S. as young children. 

 

Applicants may request documentation for purposes of demonstrating that:

(1)   They were present in the United States on June 15, 2012. 

(2)   They have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012 and were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012; and

(3)   They are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Coast guard or the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

Who is considered to be “currently in school” under the guidelines?

To be considered “currently in school” under the guidelines, the person must be enrolled in a public or private elementary school, junior high or middle school, high school, or secondary school.

 

What documentation may be sufficient to demonstrate graduation from high school?
Documentation sufficient to demonstrate that the person has graduated from high school may include, but is not limited to, a high school diploma from a public or private high school or secondary school, or a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma under state law, including a General Education Development (GED) certificate, certificate of completion, a certificate of attendance, or an alternate award from a public or private high school or secondary school.

 

What documentation may be sufficient to demonstrate current enrollment in school?

Documentation sufficient to demonstrate that the person is currently in school may include, but is not limited to evidence of enrollment in a public or private elementary school, junior high or middle school, high school or secondary school. Such evidence of enrollment may include: acceptance letters, school registration cards, letters from school or program, transcripts, report cards, or progress reports showing the name of the school or program, date of enrollment, and current educational or grade level, if relevant.

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