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DREAM Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Attorney Rupal Parikh Aristimuno, J.D., L.L.M, is an expert immigration lawyer, with over twelve years’ experience practicing immigration law. Her law firm helps individuals and families petition for the newly announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Immigration Lawyer Attorney Rupal Aristimuno

Law Offices of Immigration Lawyer Rupal Parikh Aristimuno in Montclair, New Jersey

The Offices of Attorney Aristimuno are headquartered in Montclair, in Essex County New Jersey. Her offices are minutes from Newark Immigration Court and just 30 minutes from New York City. Her law firm has a national reputation for personal service and professionalism, as she has helps to solve the immigration needs of individuals, families, and businesses from across New Jersey and the US.

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DREAM Deferred)?

In 2012, President Obama announced a new initiative that allows certain people who arrived in the US as children to apply for a 2-year “deferred action” adjustment that will allow them to be free from prosecution or deportation and also, under certain circumstances, receive employment authorization, or permission to legally work in the United States.

USCIS began processing petitions for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on August 15, 2012.

Here are some details about DACA from the USCIS official web site:

Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual. In addition, although an individual whose case is deferred will not be considered to be accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the period deferred action is in effect, deferred action does not excuse individuals of any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.

Under existing regulations, an individual whose case has been deferred is eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of deferred action, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic necessity for employment.” DHS can terminate or renew deferred action at any time at the agency’s discretion.

What is deferred action for childhood arrivals?
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the guidelines set forth in the Secretary of Homeland Security’s memorandum.

Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.

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

  • - Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • - Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • - Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • - 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;
  • - Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • - 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
  • - 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.

DREAM Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Essex County New Jersey Immigration Lawyer

Although you can petition on your own behalf by visiting the official USCIS web site, you can ensure that your petition is complete, accurate, and correctly processed, by contacting a lawyer who has extensive specialized knowledge and experience in immigration law.

Protect your interests, your investment, and your future. Immigration Attorney Rupal Aristimuno will guide you every step of your petition.

Attorney Rupal is an immigration lawyer in New Jersey who has worked with thousands of people in the United States and across the globe in a wide range of immigration issues, including citizenship, permanent residence cards (green cards), nonimmigrant visas, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, deportation defense, appeals, asylum, and relief in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Attorney Rupal’s also practices family law, tenant-landlord disputes, municipal court matters, and criminal law, especially as they affect your rights as immigrants.

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