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.
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!
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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