Published: February 19, 2013

As of February 19, 2013, more than 438,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) applications have been received by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DACA applicants are also known as “DREAMERS” since they make up the demographic that would presumably benefit from previously proposed legislation known as the DREAM Act – i.e. young adults brought to the U.S. as children and who have remained in the U.S., through no fault of their own, for an extended period. The vast majority of DACA applicants have been scheduled for, or have completed, their biometric fingerprinting process. Importantly, to this point, close to 200,000 applicants have been approved and issued 2 year deferred action status notices and 2 year employment authorization documents (EAD). These numbers and milestones are consistent with developments our office has seen with our clients’ applications, with clients receiving approvals and EAD’s within 8 weeks of filing in most cases. In general, our office has been seeing processing times range from 60 days to 120 days, although as more applications are received by DHS, an expanded processing time frame can be expected. Further, to extent an applicant’s background may involve a complicating factor, such as a criminal arrest or pending removal proceedings, application processing may be a bit slower.

Demographic Breakdown of Applicants:

Country of Origin and States of Residence

Origin                                                                                                        Received to Date
Mexico                                                                                                                 313,722
El Salvador                                                                                                            17,662
Honduras                                                                                                               11,509
Guatemala                                                                                                             10,644
Peru                                                                                                                         6,244
South Korea                                                                                                             5,475
Brazil                                                                                                                        5,283
Colombia                                                                                                                  4,694
Ecuador                                                                                                                    4,585
Philippines                                                                                                                3,128

Top 10 States of Residence                                                                   Received to Date
California                                                                                                               119,466
Texas                                                                                                                       68,005
New York                                                                                                                 24,585
Illinois                                                                                                                       21,602
Florida                                                                                                                      19,336
North Carolina                                                                                                          15,637
Arizona                                                                                                                     14,938
Georgia                                                                                                                     13,946
New Jersey                                                                                                               13,374
Colorado                                                                                                                     8,877

PUBLISHED February 19, 2013 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2013, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois