Should I hire an immigration attorney or file the deferred action-dream act application myself?
Orange County immigration attorneys helping clients with their filing of the deferred action application.
Many applicants will ask this very important question. This act creates an opportunity for young adults brought here with out inspection by their parents to obtain a work permit and a drivers license. If you are denied, there will not be an appeal available. You get one shot for this new program. I would strongly urge that you seek experienced and competent legal representation to assist you in filing the deferred action application. Individual applicants may begin applying for deferred action for childhood arrivals on August 15, 2012. Please do not file before August 15, 2012, If you file early, your request will be rejected. The fee will be $465.00. Fee waivers will not be available for employment authorization applications in connection with deferred action applications. There will be a very limited amount of fee exemptions available, if you meet the criterion set. You must first file for a fee exemption and have it granted before filing you deferred action application with out including a fee. To qualify for a fee exemption submit a letter and supporting evidence of the following:
- You are under 18 years of age, homeless, in foster care or otherwise lacking any parental or other familial support, and your income is less than 150% of the U.S. poverty level.
- You cannot care for yourself because you suffer from a serious, chronic disability and your income is less than 150% of the U.S. poverty level.
- You have, at the time of the request, accumulated $25,000 or more in debt in the past 12 months as a result of unreimbursed medical expenses for yourself or an immediate family member, and your income is less than 150% of the U.S. poverty level.
Many applicants may fear that if the deferred action application is not approved, they will be placed in removal proceedings. If your case does not involve fraud, threats to national security or public safety or a criminal offense according to the USCIS website, your case will not be referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
What immigration advantages can you get due to the DREAM Act?
The Dream Act permits you to get a form of relief described as “Deferred Action”, which basically gives you two valuable benefits:
1. The Dream Act prevents your deportation. This Dream Act relief is for a provisional, two-year period. Following the two-year period, most probably, you could reapply for or otherwise extend the Dream Act deportation relief.
2. The Dream Act will allow you to get a work permit “known as an Employment Authorization Card”. The work permit, through the Dream Act, would allow you to acquire a social security number and apply for a driver’s license.
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 outside of the United States
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Where can I get the dream act form/application?
The form is I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and it can be downloaded from USCIS FORMS starting August 15, 2012
For further information regarding immigration issues such as the Dream Act, Deferred action please contact the immigration lawyer in Orange County at 714-971-8000. Call today for your free consultation!