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On June 15, 2012, a new immigration policy was announced by President Obama. This policy states that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not deport certain young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. They must meet strict requirements in order to be granted this relief. If it is granted, the individual will be able to legally stay in the United States for two years and can apply for employment authorization. At the end of two years, it may be renewed.*This is just a policy, not a law just a policy decision, so it may be changed in the future.
There are some strict requirements that must be met in order to successfully apply. A list of them may be found on the website of the National Immigration Law Center.
WARNING: Be very careful when applying for this relief. There are strict requirements relating to having a criminal background. Even a misdemeanor may be “significant”. Also, you should NOT travel outside the United States if you plan to apply for this relief.
Be careful that you completely understand the policy and that you are relying on good information before applying. If you get advice, make sure you are talking with a qualified immigration attorney or representative of an accredited an reputable legal service provider. There are legal service organizations or legal aid associations that are helping people file for a reduced cost, or for no cost.The website of the National Immigration Law Center has excellent information on this policy.
We have had several inquiries about where to find resources about this new policy and so we have written this blog to help our readers find information that they need. Although our firm is currently not accepting these types of cases, we want to pass along this information and ask our readers to please be careful of immigration scams. Check out the link above at the National Immigration Law Center to get more information.