New York State Youth Leadership Council

Deferred Action: How Long Will This Take?

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Jan 13

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Angy,
I went to get help from some lawyers to fill out my Deferred Action form sometime in August. When I got there, he was making corrections and using whiteout and he didn’t seem so sure of what he was doing. I sent my application on the 28th and I haven’t received anything. No letter or text or email. I went online and people were telling me that my application was either delayed or denied. I’m really scared. I don’t know what to do.
G.V.

Hi Angy,
I sent my application since September 24th and I went to my fingerprints on October 29th. I still have not heard whether I’m approved or not. The website says “initial review”. I know this will take time and all but I’m almost about to reach my 90 days that the USCIS says the process “should” take. I’m just wondering, what can I do? I have a friend who went the same day, same time to the fingerprints as I did and she got her permit exactly a month after. Another who went a week before me and she just got it last Thursday. I don’t know what to do! Lol. I’m so anxious and I try to not think about it but I can’t help it.
Thanks for your time!
Arisandi

Hey G.V and Arisandi!
Thank you so so much for the e-mail. Congratulations on sending out your application!

I’m sorry you haven’t heard back from USCIS yet. The wait for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a little bit over three months, maybe four, right now. I know that at first it was happening within a few weeks because there weren’t that many applications going through. Now, there are a lot more applications to process. If you haven’t received a text, email or letter it just means they haven’t got to process your application yet. Since your email and phone number are inside your application, maybe they haven’t even opened it yet?

I don’t think they are looking at the applications in any specific order since I’ve heard of a lot of people who have been waiting up to 3 or 4 months already even though they sent their applications in October. Don’t stress out! If you sent your application to the Vermont office, it has been slow since the Superstorm Sandy. It was also the holidays and New Year, which can add to the delay time.

Also, you won’t hear back about a decision until AFTER you do your biometrics. Before your biometrics come through you can get an RFE (request for evidence) which just means that you didn’t send in enough information the first time around and they need a little bit more. Also, if you forgot to sign some pages, the application may be sent back to you, or your attorney, to be completed.

Just be patient and keep checking out the status of your case on the USCIS website. I hope you’re approved! Let me know how the application process is going.

Readers, how long has YOUR Deferred Action application taken?

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  • Clara G.

    I applied in October and got my biometrics done in November and I was scheduled to receive my EAD on January 19 but i did not receive it because my mailman made a "mistake" and delivered it to a different address, then i went to the address he delivered it to and they said that he got it but "threw it away". So I called USCIS and they said I have to fill out another application, send in the evidence and pay another $465 for a replacement fee. I was approved in April and got my biometrics done on May 30th and so far I'm still on initial review.

    Congratulations to everyone and got luck to those who are still waiting!

  • Clara

    I applied in October and got my biometrics done in November and I was scheduled to receive my EAD on January 19 but i did not receive it because my mailman made a "mistake" and delivered it to a different address, then i went to the address he delivered it to and they said that he got it but "threw it away". So I called USCIS and they said I have to fill out another application, send in the evidence and pay another $465 for a replacement fee. I was approved in April and got my biometrics done on May 30th and so far I'm still on initial review.

    • Ken

      I would strangle the mail man lol

  • Stacy

    Manuel I know how it feels it sucks to see everyone kinda blow past you and we're still stuck…..I did bios in nov and I'm still stuck…..hang in there bro everything will be cool just got to play the immigration waiting game as we like to call it

  • Yaly

    Ok guys… I was here 3 months ago in this page to get some help!!! Will guess what?? Today June 20 I was checking my status at work and for my surprise it was Approved yesterday!!!!!!! It took me 8 1/2 months to get approved!! They send me a request of evidence at 6 months of my application! I really thank God for this
    opportunity!!! So all of you have faith it will get to your hands soon:)
    Sent:10/09/12
    Fingerprints:11/14/12
    Approved:06/19/12

  • mark

    Still waiting for mine to be approved, now close to 10 months…..is frustrating, but I guess I have to keep waiting….

  • Kal

    I'm about to hit 10 months on the first of July, not much we can do but have more patience and wait.

    Have hope guys, will be through this soon.

  • Sandy

    Today June 24 pass my behind the wheel driving test…
    Application received: 10/25/2012
    BIO:11/27/2012
    Approved: 5/28/2013
    Received my works permit: 6/01/2013
    Pass my writing driving test: 6/14/2013
    Pass my behind the wheel test: 6/24/2013
    Hang in there! You will get it soon….

  • smithedward

    Same Day Delivery Says :Hi Guys ! same here in my case. I want calling immigration to solve this problem.

  • TheDon

    Ok I called immigration again and they keep telling me that it is still in security checks again I'm like are you serious??? How long does a security check take man people have applied after me and gotten through. Kal and mark and other I feel ur pain I'm almost at 10 months too I give up man just when you thing something is god sent the immigration officers rip your heart out :(

  • Melrose

    Sent out application: Dec. 17
    And still waiting….

    • TheDon

      Call immigration do a service request with them.

  • Jazmin

    So what exactly is a service request? Anyone?

  • Anna

    same here 12/05/2012 still waiting:):):):)

  • kim

    It's been 10 months and i have yet to hear from them. I'm so frustrated. im 27yrs old been in the us for 20 yrs.

  • TheDon

    ok so i contacted uscis again and this is what the service request they sent said:
    We have received your request stating that your Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Form I-821D) is currently outside the normal processing times.

    Your Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Form I-821D) and Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) category (c)(33) are currently pending at the Vermont Service Center.

    The one before this they said it didnt complete the security checks yet. What do I do now? filed sept 7/bio oct 8

  • mohammad

    Waiting since Oct 1, hitting the 10 month period… :(

  • YumYum Yamaguchi

    Sent Sep 24, 2012. Bio in mid Oct. and still nothing.

    The waiting is killing me, I don't even bother calling anymore. They read me what I can easily read on my own, which is useless, but stay strong ppl.

    • Kendal

      It's so true I too stopped calling its not worth the try anymore. They just telling you where it is and it is pending. It feels like you just bought insurance, got into an accident,a dn now your trying to call and they don't bother to answer or help.

  • Ravina

    OMG I talked to the most rude, cruel, heartless immigration officer yesterday. While I was asking about information she told me "sir be quiet, sir be quiet, you just have to wait like everyone is doing! Everything we put as a processing date is false and we put it out there for you people." All I wanted was a clarification on my service request and she refused. I told her that just because I am undocumented does not give you the right to talk down to me or any other individual that is in this position. We are united, even though we may not know one another on this blog, we are united in the same position. I thought the mean phase of immigration was over I guess it's back again :(

  • Ashley

    I got mine approved today! Im beyond happy:D ….I lost hope since it was 1 whole month late, but if you called a day after you were supposed to receive it they will notify the office thats holding your case and push it through. Thats what happened to mine, I called and about 2 weeks after I got approved. So don't be afraid to call! call them as many times as you want and reclaim :).
    Those who are still waiting… stay positive! It will arrive soon:) and meanwhile you can start making a goal list ( I did this and it help me relieve my stress) lol
    Good luck to everyone! This is a great opportunity so make good choices and lets prove to everyone we belong in America!

  • Ana

    I applied in October completed biometrics in November my case was transferred in March I heard nothing back after 90 days so I called she gave me a number to follow up on my case and that I would receive a response in 5days and I was approved right in time for Independence Day I was so happy that I no longer had to worry anymore what a relieve I applied for my SSC a day later received it in less than 2weeks now I will be applying for my learner permit and drive for the first time yay. It will all work out in God timing I learned to trust him that he will come through for you I had to leave my job of 5 yrs in June due to various reasons now I am looking for a new job I know God will provide because he is on my side Amen

  • Kendal

    I'm also going to hitting the 10-11 mark. I did the service request but they just tell you stuff can see for yourself. There is no help for us in the waiting process but to wait like sitting ducks, but just like the civil rights activists use to say "it's the price you have to pay for a piece of American freedom".

  • Ana

    I applied in October completed biometrics in November my case was transferred in March I heard nothing back after 90 days so I called she gave me a number to follow up on my case and that I would receive a response in 5days and I was approved right in time for Independence Day I was so happy that I no longer had to worry anymore what a relieve I applied for my SSC a day later received it in less than 2weeks now I will be applying for my learner permit and drive for the first time yay. It will all work out in God timing I learned to trust him that he will come through for you I had to leave my job of 5 yrs in June due to various reasons now I am looking for a new job I know God will provide because he is on my side Amen

  • FVS

    Hi everyone, I've been waiting since August 24th, got my Biometrics taken in September, got and sent back request for evidence in May and I am still waiting. Is so frustrating that we can not do anything about it. Like some have said here it is ridiculous how many people that have applied way after me, got all their documents already, but I guess there really isn't anything that we can do but pray and wait. Now that I have graduated with my Bachelors degree I would greatly appreciate it if it came soon. Good luck to all!

  • Oscar

    Hey guys I also have the same problem, my younger brother and i Submitted our applications the same day and got our bio metrics the same day as well, he has already received all of his SS and a work permit (he is 18, im 21) and i haven't heard from them, is there anything i can do to speed things up? I've told my boss to give me time on to give out my SS but he is going impatient..

  • Kal

    Well guys finally after exactly 11 months i have been approved for both applications!

    It was a long wait but finally it's over.

    Have hope guys stay strong i know it's tough but in the end it pays off.

    • Kendal

      Congrats Kal I have been waiting as long as you I hope I get through soon too. Tell me how did it feel when you found out you were approved after waiting so long? :)

      • Kal

        Dear Kendal,

        Man it's the best feeling in the world especially since waiting so long, I compare it to the first time i ever went to Disney World as a little boy. You will be approved soon man!

  • Guillermo

    Ive applied in october 2012. Got the biometrics done 2 weeks after. And then the excitement started fading with time. I checked the USCIS website everyday and its stuck in initial review. Around march I got an email saying that my case was being transferred to a nebraska office and now im still waiting. Its getting close to an year im freaking out. Im glad many of you got everything taken care off already. Gives me a little hope.

  • jovanny

    10 months later, still waiting..
    Application received 10-10-12
    Biometrics 11-18-12
    3 e-requests later
    Numerous phone calls and emails later…
    STILL NOTHING…