Saturday, June 16, 2012

Nice work if you can get it: Work Permits for Young Aliens

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesIf I were still in private practice I would see this as a business opportunity.  I would advertise in Spanish medium newspapers and radio for DREAM work permit cases.  $1,500 flat fee sounds about right.  My paralegal would do the bulk of the work.  Contested cases would require more time and attention.  Strikes me that there is $1.2 billion in legal fees available as a result of the Administration's DREAM directive. - GWC
DHS: Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities:

Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
  1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.
Only those individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria will be eligible for deferred action. Individuals will not be eligible if they are not currently in the United States and cannot prove that they have been physically present in the United States for a period of not less than 5 years immediately preceding today’s date. Deferred action requests are decided on a case-by-case basis. DHS cannot provide any assurance that all such requests will be granted. The use of prosecutorial discretion confers no substantive right, immigration status, or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights

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