i have been living in the us since the age of 4,my mother and sisters live here,my father whom ive never met does not,when i was 12 i was sent to mexico to "meet" him,never did,and had to stay and go to school there,when i graduated from junior high i came back and enrolled in high school and have never left the u.s i have 3 kids and my ged.iam currently 24 years old,would these acts get me disqualified?.thanks in advanced =)
You might be OK ... meet with an attorney to see for sure.
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You maybe okay if you can prove that you returned to the country before your 16th birthday. You should really consult with an attorney.
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It sounds like your trip was before 2007, so it should not affect your continuous residence. However, it is unclear from your posting whether you may have been stopped or questioned by any immigration authorities when you returned from Mexico or when you entered the first time. If you did have ANY contact with immigration authorities, even if you were "let go", it is very important to investigate what happened at that time. I agree with my colleague that a consultation with a licensed, experienced immigration attorney would be a wise investment. Keep in mind that you are not under any obligation to hire an attorney simply because you consult with one. However, the deferred action process has numerous requirements and essentially no way to appeal if an application is denied, so any potential concerns about eligibility or evidence need to be resolved before submitting an application. For help finding experienced immigration attorneys, you can look here on Avvo, at www.aila.org or www.immigrationlawhelp.com.
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