DREAM Act - Deferred Action and Work Authorization

The Messersmith Law Firm, P.C. is a full service law firm concentrating on immigration law. We have successfully helped thousands of people from countries all over the world immigrate to the United States.

On June 15, 2012, The US Department of Homeland Security announced that it will offer deferred action to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 who attend school, previously intended school or were honorably discharged from the US military.

If you meet the following requirements you are eligible for deferred action for two years with work authorization.

  1. Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the US before reaching his/her 16th birthday;
  3. Has continuously resided in the US since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Was physically present in the US. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of application to USCIS;
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a GED, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Coast Guard or the US Armed Forces; and
  7. Has not been convicted of a felony, a "significant misdemeanor," three or more other misdemeanors, or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the US for the duration of the grant. You can apply for deferred action whether or not you are in removal proceedings. Deferred action is an administrative act and thus is not subject to review by the court system. Deferred action does not confer any legal immigration status but is considered a period of stay authorized by the Attorney General and no unlawful presence is accrued for that time period.

Work authorization granted for time in deferred action is limited to two years and you are able to work for any US employer in any legal capacity.

It is important to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer and we have extensive expertise in handling complex immigration cases. Current processing times for deferred action through the DREAM Act program, are approximately three months. Because immigration law is federal law which means that we are licensed to assist clients nationwide and even worldwide. The majority of immigration filings are done through the mail. This allows us to efficiently represent clients where they live and work. No matter where you are located, we can help you.

We will be happy to review your case and let you know if we are able to help you. You may contact us by e-mail or by phone at 312-751-9960.

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