Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee! I’ve come here from Boston to attend the National Convention of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). And today, we immigration attorneys awoke to some wonderful news: the Obama Administration announced a new immigration directive, the so-called DREAM Act, which will help countless undocumented young people who, through no fault of their own, were brought the US as young children. When this DREAM Act immigration memorandum was announced at the lawyers convention this morning, crowds of immigration lawyers attending literally stood up and applauded.
The program is effective immediately. And U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security will implement the DREAM Act program within sixty days.
To be eligible for DREAM Act work permit and protection from deportation under what is known as Deferred Action, you must:
- have come to the U.S. under the age of 16
- have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years preceding the date of the DREAM Act memo’s announcement
- have been physically present on June 15, 2012, the date the DREAM Act immigration program was announced;
- Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED certificate, or are an honorably discharged vet.
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, “significant” misdemeanor offense, or multiple misdemeanor offenses.
- Not above the age of 30.
Immigration lawyers expect that some 800,000 young people in the US may be eligible to apply for Deferred Action under DREAM Act. If approved, DREAM Act benefits include work permits and stay from deportation.
In the coming weeks, more information about the DREAM Act immigration directive will be announced as the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins to implement this new program.
How a Dream Act Immigration Attorney Can Help You
Whether you can use the DREAM Act to stop your deportation or get a work permit depends on whether you qualify. Don’t take chances by trying to apply on your own, without the advice and guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer. Call our immigration office today to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.