Deferred Action Process for Young People (“DREAMers”) Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

President Obama has issued an executive order that will stop the removal of some undocumented youth. Under the administration’s plan, immigrants who meet certain requirements will not be deported if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30. They must have lived in the country for at least five continuous years; have no criminal history; and graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. Those deemed eligible will be able to apply for a work permit good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.

USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. Do not apply –  this application process is not yet available. If you apply early, your application will be rejected.  Beginning June18, 2012, individuals can call USCIS’ hotline at 1-800-375-5283 or ICE’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 during business hours with questions or to request more information on the forthcoming process.

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