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USCIS releases DACA statistics

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2012 | Deferred Action, New Immigration Laws |

USCIS recently released some preliminary numbers regarding applications for Deferred Action as a Childhood Arrival. Between August 15 to September 13, 2012, 82,361 applications for deferred action were accepted for processing. 63,717 have been scheduled for biometrics. 1,660 are ready for review, and 29 requests have been completed. While 82,000 may seem like a lot, it doesn’t even come close to representing the number of young people that are eligible to apply. For whatever reason, everybody who is eligible to apply apparently has not rushed to apply–and maybe for good reason. As previously discussed in other blogs and articles, careful thought and consideration should be given before an individual applies for deferred action. Also of interest is what the numbers are not telling us: does the approximately 82,000 represent the number of applications filed, or only those that have been accepted? The statistics say “accepted for processing,” which may mean that many more were filed, but possibly rejected due to filing defects, whether it be incorrect filing fees, improperly filed forms, missing forms, etc. 29 requests have been completed, but it is not clear whether these requests were approvals or rejections.