Date AnnouncedSept. 2, 2019
Briefly suspended in August 1019, USCIS reopens consideration of deferred action requests by non-citizens facing removal and seeking to remain in the U.S. while they or an immediate family member received medical treatment. USCIS annnounced it would send letters reopening cases that were pending on August 7, 2019 when the program was terminated. [ID #111]View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeSept. 2, 2019
Subsequent ActionSeptember 19, 2019
On September 19, 2019, Acting DHS Secretary stated USCIS would resume “consideration of non-military deferred action requests on a discretionary, case-by-case basis, except as otherwise required by an applicable statute, regulation, or court order.”AILA | Update: USCIS Resumes Accepting and Adjudicating Deferred Action Applications for Non-Military Applicants
Deferred action, in one form or another, dates back to at least the 1960s. Deferred action guidance was previously contained in the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, Operation Instructions § 103.l(a)(l)(ii) (1975).