== Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals == also mistakenly referred to as the Dream Act, process allows people who were brought to United States as children to apply for a work card so that a social security number and other benefits may be obtained.
Deferred Action does not grant any status and is not a path to residency or citizenship.
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for deferred action:
Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; General identity documents should suffice Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; school, medical, other records Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; school, medical, other records Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; school, medical, other records Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012; expired I-94 or records listed above Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Will require certified dispositions. This is a harder test than other immigration benefits so if you have ANY convictions call an immigration attorney before you file your request for Deferred Action.
The process is paperwork driven and the following forms and fees must be submitted or the application will be rejected:
I-821D I-765 I-765WS $465.00 payable to the "Department of Homeland Security" Applicants will have to prove they meet each of the criteria or they will be rejected and my be subject to removal.
Here is a checklist of the necessary material.
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NOTE: The above information does not address the specific requirements for any given case and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.