Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: The DREAM Act

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM act is a legislative initiative intended to provide some security for undocumented minors living in the United States. First introduced as a bill in Congress by Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch in 2001, it has since failed passage multiple times.

In June of 2012, President Obama used deferred action to give DREAM act eligible youth some relief to their uncertain legal status. Deferred action is a type of prosecutorial discretion used by presidents of both political parties, and is part of routine immigration law. These minors did not receive permanent legal status, but using deferred action the president was able to suspend the threat of deportation and grant them two years of temporary status as well as work authorization.

Who Is Eligible?

Deferred action is intended to help people already living here in the United States. It cannot be used to bring family members into the country, and decisions about who qualifies are made on a case by case basis. To be eligible you must have been over 14 and under 31 on June 15, 2012. You must have lived in the United States for at least five years and arrived here before the age of 16. You can be attending or completed high school, serving in the military, or honorably discharged from service, and you cannot have any felony convictions, a significant misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanors on your record. If you are under 15 and in removal proceedings, or if removal proceedings are being brought against you, you are still eligible to apply.

The Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Have Extensive Knowledge of the Immigration Process

Are you a DREAMer and think you are eligible for deferred action, but are not sure about your situation? Surin & Griffin, P.C. has knowledgeable Philadelphia immigration lawyers who realize how stressful it can be to be caught in the middle of the immigration system, and have the experience to help you navigate it. They care about your case and will treat you with the utmost consideration and respect as they keep you informed every step of the way. Call now for a consultation at 215-925-4435. You can also contact us online. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we serve clients in Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station, Darby, Wynnewood, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Narbeth, Folcroft, Cheltenham, Clifton Heights, Lansdowne, Glenolden, Drexel Hill, Elkins Park, Havertown, Norwood, Ardmore, Holmes, Essington, Wyncote, Prospect Park, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County.