Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently testified before Congress about the Deferred Action for DREAMers program that was announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012. In her testimony she provided the following announcements and clarification:
- August 1, 2012 – DHS is expected to explain the application process
- August 15, 2012 Applications are expected to begin to be accepted
- Fees. $465 for both the work authorization and biometrics. However, there is a strong likelihood there will be a separate fee for deferred action.
- Maximum age for eligibility. Applicants younger than 31 on June 15, 2012 will be eligible to apply. DHS had previously indicated that applicants could not be over 30 in order to be eligible, which left many questions as to whether a person could be eligible until his or her 31st birthday, and whether the eligibility consideration was as of the date of application or the June 15, 2012 announcement. This has now been clarified.
The Law Office of Tanya M. Lee, PLLC will host a free conference call on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Arizona time to discuss and answer questions about the application process announced by DHS. Space is limited to the first 95 callers. You can dial in from any telephone at (559) 726-1000. The participant access code is 106826#.