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Deferred Action for Young People


To sign up for the update emails on the new immigration deferred action policy, please sign up here!

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For additional information, please call the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles at 323-937-3718 or the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center in Chicago at 773-588-9158.

On August 14, the USCIS released application forms for deferred action and employment authorization.

To apply for deferred action and employment authorization, individuals must submit:

Please click here to see instructions before filing Form I-821D.

On August 3, DHS released additional guidelines on the deferred action process. Visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals for additional information.

DACA applicants who have received Deferred Action and their work permit can now apply and receive a Social Security number. For details please see below:

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After obtaining your work permit (Employment Authorization Document or EAD), and you Social Security number, there have been unanswered or unclear guidelines on your current or future employment. Please see below to see NAKASEC’s adapted NILC FAQ regarding DACA and employment.

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Deferred Action workshops:

August 16 & 17: KRC Deferred Action Workshop @ 1pm-4pm PST
900 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019

(Contact: Keish Kim / Yaechan Lee, keish@krcla.orgyaechan@krcla.org)


August 18: KRC Deferred Action Workshop @ 1pm-4pm PST
Glory Church of Jesus Christ, 1801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(Contact: Keish Kim / Yaechan Lee, keish@krcla.orgyaechan@krcla.org)


August 25: NAKASEC MD Dream Act and Deferred Action Education Forum @ 8pm EST
Washington-Spencerville Korean SDA Church, 1700 Spencerville RD Spencerville, MD 20868

(Contact: Dong Yoon Kim,  dkim@nakasec.org)

December 20 2012: NAKASEC and Legal Aid will be hosting a free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals consultation session and information session @ 6:30 PM EST

Thomas Jefferson Library, Meeting Room, 7415 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22042

To make an appointment please call 202-299-9540 or email dkim@nakasec.org or signup here: Sign up for update emails on the deferred action policy Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.

Please check back for more information on an application workshop in Virginia.



The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications beginning AUGUST 15 but you DO NOT HAVE to file that day. The forms to request deferred action will be released that day online.  If you apply earlier than August 15, you will be rejected.  It is important to remember that if you have a criminal record, you must speak with an immigration attorney prior to applying for deferred action.

Highlights of the August 3 announcement include:


According to the USCIS, an individual may be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals if he or she:

  • Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching his or her 16th birthday;
  • Has continuously resided in the United States Since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Was present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his or her request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or his or her lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Application Process

  • On August 14, the USCIS released:
  1. Form I-821D (Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  2. Instructions for Form I-821D
  3. Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/ Petition Acceptance
  4. Form I-765 (Employment Authorization Document for Deferred Action applicants)
  5. Form I-765 WS (Worksheet to establish economic need for employment persuant for Deferred Action applicants)

  • Individuals will mail the deferred action request forms, supporting evidence to prove their eligibility, and the fee to a USCIS processing center.  All individuals will undergo a background and biometrics check. The status of their application can be followed online.
  • Generally there will no an interview process but under certain circumstances one may be requested by USCIS.
  • Fees: The total fee is $465 which includes the work authorization application and the biometrics fees.   There are no fee waivers.  However very limited exemptions will be made for certain individuals and the request for exemption must be filed prior to sending in your deferred action application.

Denial of Applications

  • If an application is denied, USCIS has announced that the neither the individual nor their family members, will not be referred to ICE for the purpose of deportation proceedings unless there are concerns with criminal offenses, fraud, or a threat to national security or public safety or under exceptional circumstances.   This policy, however, can be changed at any given time and is not a right or benefit given to the individual.
  • It is important to remember that if you have a criminal record, you must speak with an immigration attorney prior to applying for deferred action.


  • You may not travel outside of the US before you are granted deferred action.  After August 15, 2012, if you travel outside of the US, you will not be considered for deferred action under this process.
  • After you are granted deferred action and you want to travel outside the US, you must apply for advance parole by filing a Form I-131 application and paying an application fee ($360).  You will be granted travel authorization if it is for humanitarian, education or employment purposes.


On Thursday July 12th, NAKASEC and KAAW held a Deferred Action Forum in Annandale, VA. We gave a presentation on Deferred Action with Eileen Kim as our immigration attorney. Over 30 participants came and asked questions regarding Deferred Action. We will upload the questions and answers soon. We would like thank the participants, Eileen Kim, KAAW, Korea Daily, WKTV, Radio Washington, Korea Times, and others who made our event a success.

On Friday, June 15th, the Administration made an announcement to protect 800,000 undocumented young people from deportation and to create a mechanism for them to seek work permits. This policy follows years of hard work by young people and recognizes the contributions, promise, and importance of undocumented young people, nearly 1 in 10 of whom are Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

NAKASEC and our affiliate centers the Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center of Chicago are working within Korean American communities to provide information on the latest announcement and are working with pro-bono lawyers and advocates across the nation to provide legal support for young people.

(Photo Credit: Korean Resource Center)

Are you a young person or a parent and have questions about the announcement? Give us a call.

  • California – Korean Resource Center (323-937-3718)
  • Illinois – Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (773-588-9158)
  • All other states – NAKASEC (202-299-9540)


Deferred Action Applications and Instructions

Employment Authorization Applications and Worksheets STRICTLY for Deferred Action applicants



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(Photo Credit: FYSH & Korean American Resource & Cultural Center)



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