Monday, August 27, 2012

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMers)

The procedures for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMers) who were brought in before age 16 are here. The requirements are:

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Applications are made on Form I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS. The filing fee is $465.

Any applicant should be aware that you are bringing yourself to USCIS's attention. If USCIS decides that you do no qualify, then it is entirely possible that you will be placed in removal proceedings. USCIS promises that only those with criminal issues will be referred to ICE. But, that is only a policy, and can be changed, especially if there is a new administration.

I am happy to assist in completing the application, to enter my appearance with USCIS and to do reasonable follow-up for a fee of $500. If an interview is requested, there would be an additional attorney's fee of $500. If there is a need to respond to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, or a desire to file a Motion for Reconsideration, then I would charge my hourly rate of $250.

The procedures can be found at this website:

William J. Kovatch, Jr.
(703) 837-8832

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