We have been getting a fair amount of calls about the “Deferred Action Process for Young People who are low Enforcement Priorities” announced by the DHS earlier this month. Currently, relief is only available to those who are in removal proceedings. In the next few weeks, it is expected that qualifying DREAMers who are not in removal proceedings, will be provided with instructions on how to apply.
So, if you are not in removal proceedings and you meet the criteria enumerated below, you should prepare the documentation to have available when individuals are permitted to apply affirmatively.
To qualify under this directive:
- Have come to the United States under the age of sixteen;
- Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
- Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
- Not be above the age of thirty.
Try to locate evidence to prove numbers 1 through 3 enumerated above. Also have copies of your: passport, birth certificate and any immigration documentation available. Then simply wait. Details regarding the requisite forms, photos, and other documentation that will be required are not yet available.
AILA is warning DREAMers to be careful not to hire “notarios” or unqualified “immigration consultants” who will be more than happy to take your money and may do nothing or even worse, put you in a less desirable immigration situation than you were in to begin with.