DREAMer's Act

USCIS has begun accepting applications from young undocumented immigrants who wish to take advantage of the Administration’s new deferred action policy (a form of administrative relief from deportation) for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as young children and meet certain criteria. Many of these young people would be covered by the DREAM Act. Forms and instructions are available on the USCIS Web site. Note: If you believe you are potentially eligible for deferred action and are currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) then you must request deferred action directly from ICE by contacting the ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) or by e-mail at [email protected]. 

Persons will be eligible for deferred action if they can demonstrate that they:

    • came to the United States before the age of sixteen as of June 15, 2012;
    • were in the U.S. on June 15 and have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years;
    • are currently in school, graduated from high school, obtained a general education development certificate, or were honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces;
    • have not been convicted of certain crimes;
    • are not a threat to national security or public safety; and
    • were not above the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

More Information – Deferred Action Resources

Information from USCIS and the Administration

    • USCIS Resource PageConsideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, August 3, 2012. This page includes an extensive Q&A with general information on deferred action for childhood arrivals, guidelines for requesting consideration for deferred action, information on the filing process, information on the type of evidence that USCIS will require, and other information.
    • Application FormsI-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This page contains links to downloadable forms to be used in the application process for deferred action (form I-821D, as well as I-821D instructions. It also contains links to related forms, including I-765, application for work authorization.

Questions and Answers and Legal Information

    • Practice AdvisoryDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, American Immigration Council Legal Action Center, August 13, 2012. This advisory is for lawyers who may have clients who are potentially eligible for deferred action.
    • Self AssessmentWe Own the Dream, a partnership of United We Dream and several national immigration law and policy organizations, offers a tool to help potential beneficiaries of deferred action assess whether they will be eligible. You can find that tool on their Web site here.
    • Self AssessmentDREAMerJustice.org from the National Immigrant Justice Center also has an on-line self-assessment tool, to allow individuals who think they may qualify for deferred action to assess their eligibility and identify possible complications.

Background on Deferred Action, the Administration’s Legal Authority, Potential Beneficiaries, and Potential Economic Impact of Deferred Action

    • Fee Assistance: Pubic Interest Projects, a foundation, has lunched the Fund For DREAMers, a national fundraising effort to support young people who are applying for deferred action, for which $465 is being charged. Individuals are encouraged to donate. More information can be found here.
    • Fact Sheet on Deferred ActionDeferred Action, Maggio and Kattar. This page briefly explains what deferred action is and is not.

Resources on Avoiding Fraud

    • Resources on Avoiding FraudThe Wrong Help can Hurt: Beware of Immigration Scams, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. This page contains links to resources to help individuals avoid immigration fraud, including a document describing common immigration scams and a chart listing state entities where scams can be reported.
    • Resources on Avoiding FraudStop Notario Fraud, American Immigration Lawyers Association. This Web site has extensive information describing immigration fraud, where to get help, and where to find legitimate immigration legal services.
    • Resources on Avoiding FraudFight Notario Fraud, American Bar Association. This Web site has pages dedicated to information for victims and resources for attorneys.


    • No DREAM Deferred. The NO DREAM DEFERRED COALITION is the Arizona campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and work permits.
    • Own the DREAM. Own the DREAM is a national campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and work permits.