Talk about the DREAM Act has gotten illegal immigrants across the United States hoping for a brighter future. The DREAM Act stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The DREAM Act gives immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age and went on to attend college legal status and a chance for citizenship. The DREAM Act gives endless and equal opportunities to illegal immigrants, who may have entered the United States illegally but are more familiar with this country than the one they left. This Act seems only reasonable because children who were brought into this country at such a young age grow up in the United States and will most likely continue to live here. There is currently a large group of active people fighting to get the DREAM Act to pass. Without the DREAM Act, children who have been brought to the United States illegally by their parents will go to school and graduate college and still be at the risk of being deported.
On June 15th, the Obama Administration made the DREAM Act reality. This act would benefit more than 800,000 young people across the United States in changing their legal status. The DREAM Act will “lift the shadow of deportation” from young illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to create a better without fear of being deported. The DREAM Act is valid for the following immigrants:
- Entered the United States before the age of 16
- Have lived in the States for at least five years
- Are in school, are high school graduates, or are military veterans in good standing
- Under the age of 30
- Have clean criminal records
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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
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, please contact the immigration laweyr in Orange County at 714-971-8000. Call today for your free 60-minute consultation!