As of September 11, 2012 the New York Times reports that 72,000 DACA (deferred action) applications have been received by USCIS.  And more good news: the first round of approvals is on its way!  That is much quicker than the 3 months (or longer) that many of us immigration lawyers were expecting.

We have prepared and are filing dozens of DACA applications.  In that time we’ve seen a number of issues that slow down the process: people have to save up money, they have to track down paperwork, finish school, or a number of other things before they can file.

A lot of people, however, are waiting to see what happens with the people that filed first.  Still others are waiting on the election, because of a belief that if Obama is re-elected in November, the program is safe, but if Obama loses, the program will be in danger because Romney has not yet supported it.

At the end of the day, this all illustrates one important point, one that we at the HMA Law Firm have told each and every one of our clients: Cada caso es diferente – every case is different.  I have seen a number of big mistakes people were about to make.  For example:

Some cases are simple, others are complex.  A lawyer can usually spot a lot of hidden issues that might come up.  The number 72,000 is encouraging, but given what we’ve seen, it’s neither too high nor too low: it’s what we expected because while there is a lot of interest, there is a lot of work involved in applying, as well.

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