THE DREAM ACT
The Obama Administration recognizing that the DREAM Act may not soon pass, has finally made a policy to assist young people brought into this country as children. Often referred to as DREAMERS, the Administration announced a stop-gap policy to assist while awaiting passage of the DREAM Act or more comprehensive reform. In the policy announced today many young foreign nationals who were brought into the country before their sixteenth birthday will not have to fear being removed, and will be able to obtain work authorization!
The policy change will apply to teenagers and young adults under 30 who are in high school or completed high school, obtained a GED or were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or Coast Guard. They must have come to the United States before their sixteenth birthday and have been here for five years, as of June 15, 2007. They must also be in the United States today, June 15, 2012 to be eligible. The USCIS will conduct background checks for all applicants and they cannot have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors or otherwise pose a threat.
For those eligible, this will finally mean a way to obtain work authorization and the ability to remain in the United States under the color of law! It is a welcome and needed change. If you need assistance with Dream ACT issues and you live in the greater New York area, contact Oltarsh and Associates, P.C. or call (212) 944-9072