New York City DREAM Act Attorney

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The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (or "DREAM Act") was first introduced in 2001 as a sweeping immigration program that would allow undocumented U.S. residents who were brought to the country as children to reside legally and seek citizenship. Many versions of this bill have been brought Congress since that time, but none have passed. Still, the DREAM Act remains a looming legislative possibility and, in 2017, it continues to be discussed for possible approval at the highest levels of the federal government. The State of New York has also developed its own DREAM Act to offer in-state tuition rates to undocumented rates seeking higher education—but this too has stalled in the legislative process.

If you or a loved one believes that they could be eligible for protections under a DREAM Act (either state or federal), it may be beneficial to speak with legal counsel. At Arevalo Law, PLLC, we understand the anxiety and dilemmas undocumented residents face on a regular basis. We can help them prepare for the DREAM Act and assist them with other immigration issues they and their family may be facing.

We're ready to assist you at this critical time. Contact our experienced New York City immigration lawyer today to request an initial consultation.

The DREAM Act Requirements

The DREAM Act is meant to assist undocumented U.S. residents who have integrated and contributed to our communities but still lack legal status. Currently, there are a number of requirements to the DREAM Act that are necessary to receive its protections.

In its current form, the DREAM Act requirements include:

  • Applicants must have arrived in the country before the age 16.
  • Applicants must have resided in the U.S. for five consecutive years.
  • Applicants must be between 12 and 35 years old when the bill is enacted.
  • Applicants must have achieved a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must display "good moral character."
  • Male applicants must have registered with Selective Service.

Of course, these requirements are subject to change with subsequent versions of the DREAM Act. Current protections would allow undocumented residents to work and reside legally in the U.S. and protect them from deportation. Those benefits, however, are also subject to change.

Whether you are interested in assessing your current eligibility or are facing another complication due to your undocumented status, Attorney Belinda Arevalo is ready to hear from you. Our firm is ready to help you understand your options and proceed with your immigration matter in a way that protects your long-term interests.

Do not hesitate to approach trusted legal counsel. Call (646) 588-1300 today to learn what Arevalo Law, PLLC can do for you.

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