Upon proof of age, 5 years continuous presence in the U.S. no serious misdemeanors or felonies, High School Status or Graduation, under age 30 as of June 15, 2012, students can apply for work authorization upon proof of economic necessity. DACA (Deferred Action for Early Arrivals) was signed into law by Executive Order of former President Obama. Since 2012 over 800,000 DACA applications have been approved many 2 or 3 times now.
It is also possible, although not advisable in our opinion, to travel outside the U.S. and then be paroled in and if married to a U.S. citizen possible to adjust status in the U.S. after being paroled in.
The Dream Act has not been passed into law but was just reintroduced in Congress by two U.S. Senators a Republican and a Democrat. Were it to pass and signed by the president it would allow an illegal alien or immigrant who had been granted DACA to self petition for lawful permanent residence without having a family sponsor such as a USC parent or spouse to file for them.
CAUTION DEFERRED ACTION DOES NOT CONFER LAWFUL STATUS IN THE U.S.
A PERSON WHO DOES NOT MEET ALL CRITERIA ABOVE RISKS DENIAL OF WORK AUTHORIZATION AND REFERRAL TO IMMIGRATION COURT FOR REMOVAL FROM THE U.S.
We can help you. Contact San Francisco Immigration Services so we may answer your questions and keep you up to date on the latest rulings.