USCIS approved almost 103,000 deferred action cases

More than 360,000 requests for deferred action have been submitted since USCIS opened the deadline for initiating the process.

According to figures provided today by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this government agency has received a total of 367,903 applications between August 15 and December 13, 2012. Of that number, USCIS has accepted 355,889 applications for processing, approved 102,965 and rejected 12,014.

To date, appointments for biometric services have been scheduled for 336,464 of the cases.

This graph shows the number of cases the USCIS is processing:


chart of deferred action cases approved by USCIS


Most of the applicants are of Mexican origin and live in California.

The following chart shows the country of origin, where people who have requested deferred action live within the U.S. and the number of requests received so far:

DecDACA countries


It is important that every person who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth program apply for the benefit. It is better to have temporary protection from deportation than none at all. In addition, people who are granted deferred action will be able to have a work permit if they demonstrate that they have an economic need. By having a work permit, they will be able to apply for social security and a driver's license.

Do not be afraid to take calculated risks. Be sure to consult with an immigration attorney before you begin the process.