USCIS approved more than 4,500 deferred action cases

They started slow, but it appears that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made progress in processing deferred action cases.

According to information released today by USCIS, 179,794 requests for deferred action have been received. A total of 4,591 cases have been approved and another 6,416 are under review. This is a large increase, as in the first month - August 15 through September 13, 2012 - USCIS received 82,361 requests, but only completed 29.

The following chart, from the USCIS, details the different stages of the applications:

DACA Oct2012
Cases processed through October 10, 2012, released today by USCIS.

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.