USCIS approved nearly 269,000 deferred action cases

More than 488,782 requests for deferred action have been submitted since USCIS opened the deadline for initiating the process.

According to figures provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this government agency has received a total of 488,782 applications between August 15 and March 31, 2013. Of that number, USCIS has accepted 472,004 applications for processing and rejected 16,778.

USCIS has approved 268,361 applications and denied 1,377.

To date, appointments for biometric services have been scheduled for 456,843 of the cases.

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


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 and approved so far:


It is important that everyone 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 or a federally accredited representative before beginning the process.

Do not go to notaries, immigration consultants, paper fillers or multi-services.

If you have questions, call my office at 213-537-8472 to schedule a private consultation. The consultation is not free.