President Barack Obama has finally brought to light a policy, the “DREAM Act” that will provide permanent residency to law-abiding immigrants who graduate from High School or serve in the U.S. military.

The DREAM Act immigration plan and program is not a dream anymore for the people of America. In June of 2012, Obama announced the new immigration program to help young people that qualify. The DREAM Act will help you become a permanent citizen and obtain your green card or visa. It is the most important part of immigration reform for many immigrants in our world today.

Under the administration’s plan, illegal immigrants in Sacramento, California and across the U.S., will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before turning 16 and are between the ages of 12 and 35. They would have to be in the country for at least five continuous years, have good moral character, graduated from a U.S. High School or earned a GED, or have been accepted into an institution of higher education.

From the DREAM Act website:

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

The State of California passed a similar law regarding colleges and state financial aid in October 2011.

The “deferred action” initiative for unauthorized youth who were brought to this country as children offers immigration leverage. This initiative, announced by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, offers a two-year, renewable reprieve from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who:

  • are under the age of 31
  • entered the United States before age 16
  • have lived continuously in the country for at least five years
  • have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors
  • are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military

Preventing Fraud & Avoiding Scams

Someone told me if I pay them a fee, they can expedite my deferred action for childhood arrivals request, is this true?
No. There is no expedited processing for deferred action. Dishonest practitioners may promise to provide you with faster services if you pay them a fee. These people are trying to scam you and take your money.

Make sure you seek information about requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from official government sources such as USCIS or the Department of Homeland Security. The skilled immigration lawyers of Bowman & Associates help clients navigate the new law. Contact our firm for consultation.

What steps will USCIS and ICE take if I engage in fraud through the new process?
If you knowingly make a misrepresentation, or knowingly fail to disclose facts, in an effort to have your case deferred or obtain work authorization through this new process, you will be treated as an immigration enforcement priority to the fullest extent permitted by law, and be subject to criminal prosecution and/or removal from the United States. [source]

California DREAM Act Immigration Attorneys

The submission of Affidavits alone will not be sufficient as proof that you meet the criteria listed above for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, but you can submit affidavits to supplement where documentary evidence is not available or to fill gaps in the time for five year residence. DREAM Act applications can be filed on August 15, 2012 – don’t delay, file today. Our experienced immigration lawyers can help.

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 our immigration attorneys. With our considerable experience in the field of immigration law, we would be happy to meet with you in our Sacramento or Folsom, California immigration law offices 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.