Understanding the Dream Act

The Dream Act is the common name for the Development Relief and Education Act for Minors. This Act was introduced to Congress in 2009 but didn't pass until 2012. It was designed to give immigration benefits to immigrants who had come to this country as children before the age of 16. Other requirements must be met to be eligible for the benefits which include relief from deportation in the form of deferred action for two years, which can then be renewed.

The criteria for qualifying for deferred action under the Dream Act are:

  • That you entered the U. S. prior to the age of 16
  • That you have lived in the U. S. continuously for a period of five years prior to June 15, 2012
  • That you currently attend school or have graduated or have earned a G.E.D. or have been honorably discharged from the armed services or the Coast Guard
  • That you have no criminal convictions of serious misdemeanors, multiple misdemeanors, or felonies
  • That you are not a threat to public safety or national security
  • That you are not more than 30 years old

Each person who applies under the Dream Act will have their application reviewed on an individual basis. It is up to you to supply documentation proving the above points of eligibility.

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