President Obama orders Deferred Action Process for “DREAMers”

Have you lived in the U.S. since childhood waiting for immigration laws to change . . . ?

On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing implementation of provisions similar to the long-proposed Dream Act that significantly impacts some 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children and are in an illegal status. This new process provides a measure of relief in the form of Deferred Action for these young people, colloquially termed “Dreamers” under the languishing Dream Act.

Persons who believe they may be eligible to apply should promptly contact Mr. Davis at (904) 448-8500 for an office appointment.

Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promptly issued a memo pursuant to this Executive Order that permits an application for Deferred Action for those who:

1. Came to the U.S. under the age of 16;
2. Have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least 5 years preceding and are present on the date of the memo;
3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the US;
4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
5. Are not above the age of 30.

Applicants must complete a background check and may apply for employment authorization in certain circumstances. Those who may or may not be in removal proceedings or subject to a final order of removal may be eligible to apply.

Applicants should apply only after consultation with a trained attorney since there is no appeal from a denial and because the application process may trigger ramifications of removal proceedings.

Mr. Davis has been providing legal services in the area of immigration law for over 30 years at his law practice in Jacksonville, Florida — Where Dreams Become RealitySM.

Make an appointment with Mr. Davis now to determine your eligibility in order to avoid a rush of applications when USCIS opens the application period.