Immigrant Youth Should Wait on Applying for Deferred Action: Info on New Process and Avoiding Scams

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is developing a process for certain young people brought to the United States as children to request deferred action. The process USCIS is developing will take about 60 days to be implemented.There is no implementation date yet.  You should stay tuned for the USCIS to announce an implementation date.

Please do not request deferred action yet. USCIS is not accepting request for deferred action yet. If you submit an application now, your request will be denied. To learn more about how to request deferred action visit or contact USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. If you are currently in removal proceedings and meet all the criteria explained below, please contact ICE at 1-888-351-4024.

Most importantly, please do not pay anyone who claims they can request deferred action for you! There are many scams taking advantage of immigration service. To learn more about scams, please visit Also, do not pay anyone for claims that they can apply for employment authorization through deferred action before USCIS announces the implementation date. Please wait until USCIS announces an implementation date before you start paying filing fees or canceling or not going to your visa interviews.

Click here for more information on immigration options for immigrant youth.

If you feel you are a victim of a fraudulent immigration provider, please review this list to find legal help in your area: NY Immigration Fraud Free Legal Aid.

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