Introduced in the US Congress (both Senate and House) on March 26, 2009 the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (The "DREAM Act") is a long projected immigration bill. This bill if passed will provide millions of immigrant children who graduate from U.S. High Schools the opportunity to receive U.S. Residency (a "Green Card").
The benefits of this bill:
- to those who arrived in the United States as children, before the age of 16
- who have been residing in the U.S. continuously for at least five years prior to the bill being enacted into law
Immigrants meeting this condition will basically have the prospect to Permanent Residency which means that student will be issued temporary residency for a period of six years. This is based upon meeting certain educational or military requirements. A qualified student within the six year temporary residency period must attend college and earn at least a two year degree (AA (associate of arts degree)), or serve in the U.S. Military for two years in order to maintain immigration benefits. The immigrant will be granted Permanent Residency at the end of the six year conditional period once all the conditions are met. The temporary residency will be taken away and the student will be subjected to deportation if the student does not fulfill with either the college or military requirements.
Under the new DREAM Act, immigrants may qualify in part, by meeting the following requirements which have not been finalized by Congress:
- Must be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time the Law is enacted
- Must have arrived in the United States before the age of 16
- Must have resided continuously in the United States for a least five (5) consecutive years since the date of their arrival
- Must have graduated from a U.S. High School, or obtained a General Education Diploma (GED)
- Must have "Good moral character"
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