Announcement:June 15, 2012
The USCIS issued a new policy memorandum today that will allow undocumented ("illegal") youth to remain the United States, for at least two years, with work authorization. The official announcement is here: Official FAQ
To qualify the applicant must:
Be educated, meaning the applicant:
Has NOT been convicted of a felony, multiple misdemeanors; a "significant misdemeanor offense;" or otherwise pose a danger to national security or public safety;
BE ABLE TO PROVE YOU WERE PRESENT IN THE US ON JULY 15, 2012
If qualified, the USCIS may allow the applicant to remain the United States for a period of two years (this period may be renewed), with work authorization.
One way to establish presence today, July 15, 2012, is to go to a notary public and have them notarize a statement from the applicant that s/he was present on this day!
Again, this new policy is NOT a law. It is therefore subject to change. Hopefully, however, this policy will allow undocumented youth to remain in the U.S. until Congress passes a law ("The DREAM Act") that would allow undocumented youth to gain lawful status in the U.S.
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