At present, Congress is debating an initiative that would provide a path to citizenship for deserving young people who entered the United States illegally as minors. Though no agreement has been reached, the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) act would grant conditional permanent residency to young illegal immigrants who are of good moral character, and who are seeking higher education or military service.
The DREAM act is not yet law, but on June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that starting August 14, 2012, the United States will offer two year, renewable grants of "deferred action" to young men and women who would theoretically be eligible for relief under the DREAM act. Deferred action does not grant an immigrant legal status in the United States—rather it protects the immigrant from accruing unlawful presence, and allows him or her to obtain a work permit. The policy allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to focus its efforts on removing immigrants who pose a genuine threat to national security, rather than expending resources on deporting young men and women who, as President Obama has said, "[are] Americans in their hearts, in their minds, and in every single way but one: on paper."
To speak to an experienced and dedicated immigration attorney about your immigration goals, including whether you qualify for deferred action under this new directive, we invite you to contact May Law Group at our Pittsburgh Office (412-291-4400), our Philadelphia Office at (215-880-4977) or our New York City Office at (347-839-1700) or find us online at www.mayvisalaw.com. May Law Group offers free consultations to foreign nationals seeking legal representation. We have represented clients nationally and worldwide and have a track record of winning some of the most difficult cases in immigration law. Our legal team is led by Attorney Valerie May; a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, assisted by Attorney Jennifer Williams, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Stars. You may email Attorney May at firstname.lastname@example.org.