I'm a 25 year-old Mexican woman. I entered the U.S. without inspection when I was 3 years old. I've lived in Chicago since; have not left the country; no criminal record. Family members have never petitioned for me.
I obtained my Associates Degree in May2009. I got married in May2011.
I have been living with my spouse, who is a natural born U.S. Citizen, for over 2 years. I am currently filing the DACA application with the help of an attorney. My husband and I also want to file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative at the same time with DACA, since Deferred Action is not a pathway to permanent residency. I hear that the I-130 is a simple first-step application. Do I really need the help of a lawyer to start it off? Or can I save myself some money and file it on my own?