November 30, 2015

USCIS Releases Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Statistics

USCIS has released statistics collected from August 15, 2012, to November 15, 2012, regarding cases filed under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. According to the figures, a total of 298,834 DACA requests have been accepted for processing. Of those cases, 53,273 requests have already been approved, and 124,572 requests are currently being reviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The top 10 countries of origin for DACA applicants are: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, South Korea, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and the Philippines.

The top 10 states in which DACA applicants reside are: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Arizona, New Jersey, Georgia and Virginia.

The statistics also indicate that USCIS received the most filings in September and October, and that filings decreased by more than 50 percent in November.

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