Will USCIS conduct a background check when reviewing my request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals?
Yes. You must undergo biographic and biometric background checks before USCIS will consider whether to exercise its discretion in your case. If you have ever been charged with a felony, a significant misdemeanor offense, three or more misdemeanor offenses not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, you should consult an experienced immigration attorney before applying. You may be able to mitigate the problem through a separate court application or present exceptional circumstances for why you are entitled to discretion.