Many young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents received a valuable reprieve from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (aka “The Dream Act"). The Dream Act offers temporary protection from the threat of deportation or removal, but applicants must comply with strict requirements. If you were brought to the U.S. by your parents, you may qualify for the benefits provided under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Mandatory Requirements to Qualify for Deferred Action Program
The requirements to qualify for the Dream Act include the following:
Procedures for Seeking Deferred Removal Action
It is understandable that many young immigrants with notable accomplishments, such as college academic achievements, professional degrees, post-graduate degrees and service in the military may be afraid to seek the benefits of the Dream Act. These justifiable fears arise out of the potential risks of disclosing significant information to prove eligibility for the program. An applicant must complete the following forms:
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
The fee associated with applying for the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals is $465, which includes an $85 biometric services fee.
You should have an experienced immigration attorney evaluate your specific situation to determine your eligibility and prepare the documents so that you do not face delay in obtaining approval. Additionaly, attorney will address your concerns about disclosing required information like date of unlawful entry, country of origin, undocumented status and other potentially compromising information.Depending on the specific circumstances of your situation, a criminal offense may disqualify you from relief and could even expose you to removal or deportation.