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Applications for DREAM Act Alternative Accepted Today

PHOTO: First page of the I-821D application: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
PHOTO: First page of the I-821D application: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
August 15, 2012

BALTIMORE - Young people brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents can start applying today for temporary two-year work permits.

The "deferred action" program is President Obama's alternative to the DREAM Act. Maryland will consider its own state version of the DREAM Act Nov. 6.

Immigration attorney Mo Goldman is advising young "dreamers" to proceed with caution on the work permits. He considers them a risky proposition, especially if they've had past immigration or criminal violations.

"The individuals who apply are basically exposing themselves to the federal government and saying 'Hey, I'm in the United States. I don't have legal status, but I would like to get this work permission.' "

The program does not offer permanent residency or a path to citizenship, and there are numerous requirements. Applicants must be under age 31 and have come to the United States before turning 16. They must have proof of U.S. residency for the past five years. They must be a student, a high school graduate or an honorably discharged veteran. In addition, there's a $465 fee when applying.

Goldman cautions that meeting the program requirement of proving residency for the past five years will involve more than affidavits from family and friends, and that the process will take at least several months.

"People are going to have to get fingerprinted, go through biometrics appointments, and then ultimately their backgrounds will be checked, and there's going to have to be security clearances."

Some estimates put the number of undocumented immigrants who could qualify for temporary legal status at more than 1.5 million.

The application is online at uscis.gov.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD