Dream Act Immigration Lawyer
DREAM Act immigration program is no longer a mere dream for the people of Massachusetts and other states. On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a new immigration directive to help certain young, Dream Act-eligible undocumented immigrants.
What immigration benefits can you get through the DREAM Act?
The Dream Act allows you to get a form of discretionary relief called Deferred Action, which essentially gives you two important benefits:
- The Dream Act stops your deportation. This Dream Act relief is for a temporary, two-year period. After the two-year period expires, presumably, you could reapply for or otherwise extend Dream Act deportation relief.
- The Dream Act allows you to get a work permit (also known as an Employment Authorization Card). A work permit, through the Dream Act, would allow you to get a social security number and possibly apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license.
DREAM Act Requirements
To qualify for the Dream Act you must prove, through documentation, that you meet all of the following six criteria:
- You entered the United States when you were under sixteen years old;
- You were living in the U.S. continuously for a least five years before June 15, 2012, the day the Dream Act immigration program was announced;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, the date the Dream Act memorandum was issued;
- You are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- You have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, and you do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- You are under thirty years old.
What the DREAM Act is NOT
The Dream Act gives you a work permit and temporary relief from deportation--that’s it. Here is what the Dream Act is NOT:
- The Dream Act is NOT a green card or a path to a green card
- The Dream Act is NOT U.S. citizenship and doesn’t lead to citizenship
- The Dream Act will not allow you to travel abroad
How a Boston Immigration Lawyer can help DREAM Act applicants
If you have questions about whether you qualify for the Dream Act or how you can take advantage of the Dream Act, please call or email me. With my considerable experience as an immigration lawyer, I would be happy to meet with you in my Boston immigration law office and help you sort out your immigration options. Don't risk applying on your own when an experienced immigration lawyer is just a phone call away.
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