Monday, June 09, 2014

Immigrants may seek renewals of deportation deferrals, work permits

The government is recommending DACA recipients apply for renewal four months before it expires.     - - Donna Poisl

By Jeremy Redmon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Obama administration announced Thursday that immigrants can immediately begin applying for renewals of their deportation deferrals and work permits under a controversial program that started nearly two years ago.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program applies to immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children, who have attended school here and who have not been convicted of any felonies. Since it went into effect in 2012, the program has granted two-year deportation deferrals to 553,197 people, according to federal figures through March 31. Of those, 17,356 live in Georgia.

The government is recommending people apply for their renewals — with a new form released Thursday — four months before their approvals expire. First-time applicants are still welcome.
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