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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (The Dream Act)

In June, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security announced that, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, it would refrain from removing certain young people, commonly referred to as "DREAMers", from the US and would permit them to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This is in reference to the DREAM Act, which has been unsuccessfully proposed in various forms over the last few years. Initially open just to those in deportation proceedings, in August, 2012 DHS announced further details regarding the Deferred Action process, including the development of two new immigration forms.

There are five main requirements to benefit from this policy change

  1. Alien must have come to the US while under age 16
  2. Alien must have continuously resided in the US prior to June, 2012 and be present in the US in June 2012
  3. Alien must currently attend school, must have previously graduated from high school or received a GED or be an honorably discharged US military veteran
  4. Alien must not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple minor offenses
  5. Alien must not be above age 30

Why Choose McGregor & Oblad

We anticipate that a great deal of scrutiny will be placed by DHS on the forms and evidence that Deferred Action Applicants submit as proof of their eligibility, particularly with regard to educational and other records. McGregor & Oblad, PLLC has counseled dozens of clients in this process and spoken with hundreds more of potential applicants. Our emphasis is on creating the strongest case possible, which means we need the maximum amount of proof of your eligibility as possible. Since it is not known how long this program will last, it is vital to prepare a winning case from the start and the get started as soon as possible. A good immigration lawyer knows the law, understands the legal process and relates to the client in order to provide the best service possible. Our attorneys will help you assess your options so you can know the best course of action in your individual case.


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