9 Things To Do while is being awaited the USCIS implementation of Deferred Status for Dreamers
1. Sign up for updates on the new program.
2. Read and spread the word about what this ‘new’ Obama immigration policy means and who is eligible: English | Spanish
(Please read the FAQ thoroughly before asking questions about whether you are eligible).
3. If you think you are eligible for deferred action status, start collecting your documents. You’d certainly need the following information for any application process:
Passport from your country of origin;
Proof of date of entry into the United States before your 16th birthday;
Proof of continuous presence for at least the last consecutive five years in the United States, as of June 15, 2012 and that you were present in the country on June 15, 2012.
Documents like financial records, medical records, school records, employment records, and military records could constitute proof of date of entry and continuous presence in the U.S.
4. Individuals in deportation proceedings and especially individuals with a final order of deportation who think they may be eligible for deferred action must contact either the Law Enforcement Support Center’s hotline at 1-855-448-6903 (staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or the ICE Office of the Public Advocate through the Office’s hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (staffed 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) or by e-mail at EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov.
6. Under no circumstances should you pay non-lawyers who advertise as immigration consultants, notarios, notario publicos, or abogados to get you status under this new policy. They are neither authorized nor qualified to provide legal advice or legal services concerning immigration matters. Please refer to AILA’s Consumer Advisory for Dreamers: Do Not Get Scammed
7. Work with immigration lawyers to organize educational forums in your own community about the program and send us information about it so we can help to get people there. Here is an example of an event in Falls Church, Virginia.
8. If you are an immigration attorney or you know an immigration attorney who has experience with discretionary measures such as deferred action, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Tell us what information or questions you would like answered in the comments below so we can get to work!
Prerna Lal is a J.D. Candidate at The George Washington University Law School. She is a co-founder of DreamActivist.org and serves as a Board Director for Immigration Equality.