Document Checklist Deferred Action for DREAMers
Disclaimer: This webpage does not constitute legal advice and should not take the place of
individualized legal advice.
On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) will Defer Action on the deportation of certain young people brought into the United
States as children through no fault of their own. This program is not open to everyone.
These are the requirements to receive Deferred Action under this program:
The person came to the United States under the age of sixteen,
The person has continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding
June 15, 2012 and was present in the United States on June 15, 2012,
The person is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general
education development (GED) certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the
Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States,
The person has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, and
The person is not above the age of thirty.
As of the publication of this checklist, the application period with the USCIS has not yet opened.
There is limited information as to what documentation the government will accept. Do NOT
submit requests for Deferred Action until you have first obtained legal advice from an
immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative.
Before you go to an immigration attorney or a BIA accredited representative for legal advice, you
might first try gathering some of the below documentation to help them determine if you are
eligible to receive Deferred Action. The list below is not a complete list of all documents that
you can gather. Instead, it is merely a recommendation of some documents that you can gather to
bring to an immigration attorney or BIA accredited representative. They might have ideas of
other documents that you could gather.
Before visiting the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates for your free consultation, gather some of
the following documentation to help determine if you are eligible for Deferred Action. You
are not required to gather each and every document listed below. Try to gather documents
under each eligibility criteria. Some documents can prove multiple critera. For example, a
valid expired or unexpired passport with your picture, name, and date of birth, and date of admission might prove (1) your identity and also (2) that you arrived in the United States at least five years before June 15, 2012, and (3) you arrived in the United States before your 16 birthday.
To apply for Deferred Action, you will need to meet a number of criteria, including the following:
Proof of identity
Proof of arrival in the United States before age 16
Proof of physical presence in the United States on June 15, 2012
Proof of continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years before June 15, 2012
Proof of enrollment in school, or proof of graduation from high school, or proof of receipt of a General Equivalency Degree (GED) certificate, or proof of honorable discharge from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
Below are the list of documents that you should gather, if you meet the minimum requirements for Deferred Action. Even if you meet these basic requirements, you will still need to meet the other requirements that relate to previous felony or misdemeanor convictions.
If you have ever been arrested, cited, charged, or convicted of an offense, you should not file any application with the immigation authorities until you first obtain legal advice on the immigration consequences of your criminal history. A criminal history might prevent you from receiving Deferred Action and might also result in you being placed in removal (i.e., deportation) proceedings. You should obtain a certified disposition (or dispositions) of your criminal history to present to your immigration attorney or BIA accredited representative so that s/he can determine the immigration consequences of your criminal behavior.
At the time of publication, there is no guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) concerning what documents they will accept to prove a person meets the criteria to be granted Deferred Action. The below list is therefore merely a recommendation of documentation to gather to bring to an immigration attorney or BIA accredited representative to see whether you might qualify to apply for Deferred Action. There is no guarantee that the DHS will accept any of the documents listed below to support a request for Deferred Action.
Possible Documents to Prove Identity
Valid expired or unexpired passport from your home country with your picture, name, and date of birth
Valid government-issued photo identification document
Valid birth certificate with photo ID
A visa issued by a foreign consulate
A national ID document with photo and/or fingerprint
Possible Documents to show that you arrived in the United States before your 16th birthday
(Note that these documents might also be used to show that you arrived in the United States at least five years before June 15, 2012)
Obtain your valid birth certificate
Form I-94, Arrival/Departure document that identifies you and the date you arrived in the United States.
Visa that identifies you and your date of birth
Travel tickets that identify you (e.g., airplane, boat, bus, train, etc.) and the date of arrival in U.S.
Possible Documents identifying you as residing in the U.S. starting 5 years BEFORE 06/15/12
(note that these documents might also be used to show that you arrived before age 16)
Marriage certificates if married in the United States
Divorce degrees if divorced in the United States
Religious records such as baptism, confirmation and registration certificates
Proof of ownership of real estate (e.g., deed to a home)
Proof of security deposit payment
Dental, hospital, medical vaccination records and bills, and proof of payment
INS/DHS Form I-94, arrival/departure record identifying you and your date of admission
Other correspondence/notices from INS/DHS identifying you and addressed to you
Birth certificates of children born in the United States
School records, awards, certifications, diplomas, pictures, report cards, yearbooks, etc.
Valid (expired or un-expired) passport with stamped date of admission into the U.S.
Proof of application for home loan and proof of paying-off home loan
Proof of purchase of an automobile and payments for automobile and car insurance
Automobile registration, car title, license receipts and Department of Motor Vehicle records
Credit card history in the United States (e.g., Visa card, etc.)
Department of Public Safety records
Insurance invoices, claims, policies, and payment of insurance
Utility bills such as electricity, gas, heat, sewer, water, etc. and telephone bills
Bank records such as bankbooks, statements, cancelled checks, and money order receipts
Other dated receipts
U.S. Selective Service registration card
Postmarked envelopes addressed to you here in the United States
Photographs of celebrations in the United States, preferably with dates marked on them
Proof of remittances of money from you here in the U.S. to your family in your home country
Paycheck stubs and payroll records
Record of payment of federal, state, and/or local taxes with W-2 forms
Social Security records
Worker’s Comp claim records
Proof of any awards, certificates, or commendations received from work
Medical records from injuries at work
Proof of any classes or vocational training received for work
Letters or written notices from employers
Possible Documents to prove physical presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
I-94, Arrival/Departure Document with date of admission into the United States
Valid (expired or unexpired) passport with stamped date of admission into the United States
INS/DHS Notices to Appear in immigration court
If you have no documents to show physical presence exactly on June 15, 2012, then gather
documents to show that you were in the United States shortly before June 15, 2012 and shortly after June 15, 2012
County or municipal hospital record dated no later than June 15, 2012
Public college or public school transcript or other school records
Income tax records
Utility bill receipts
Any other dated documents
Personal checks written by the applicant bearing a bank cancellation stamp
Employment records, including pay stubs
Credit card statements showing the dates of purchase, payment, or other transaction
Correspondence between the applicant and the DHS
Certified copies of records maintained by organizations charted by the federal or state government, such as public utilities, accredited private and religious schools, and banks.
If the applicant established that a family unit was in existence and cohabiting (i.e., living together) in the United States, documents evidencing the presence of another member of the same family unit.
Possible Documents to Prove that you are currently in School
Letter from school registrar confirming current attendance at school
School records, awards, certifications, pictures, report cards, yearbooks, etc.
Possible Documents to Prove that you graduated from High School
High School Diploma
Possible Documents to Prove that you received your GED
New York State High School Equivalency Diploma (commonly referred to as the General Education Development (GED) certificate)
Possible Documents to Prove an Honorable Discharge from Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
DD Form-214, Report of Separation (from the U.S. Armed Forces)
National Guard Bureau NGB Form 22
Efficiency reports (officer evaluation reports, noncommissioned officer evaluation reports)
Military pay records
_ Translated, notarized and certified copy of birth certificate
_ Copy of current passport
_Proof of presence in the United States, each year, between June 15, 2007 and June 15, 2012
(copies of year-end school transcripts, tax returns for each year, end-of-year bank account or credit card statements
_ Proof of arrival in the U.S. before the age of 16 (transcript from first year in school, medical records, vaccination card, date-stamped passport or I-94 form)
_ Proof of presence i the U.S. on June 15, 2012 (bank or credit card statement, phone bill, date-stamped photo, affidavit from school or employer)
_ Check or money order payable to USCIS for $465.00
_ Passport-size photographs (probably 2)
APPLICANTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR HAVE A GED CERTIFICATE
_ Notarized copy of your diploma or certificate
APPLICANTS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL
_Copy of course schedule for 2012-2013 Fall semester or affidavit from school
APPLICANTS WITH PRIOR CONVICTIONS OF ANY KIND (including misdemeanors, and traffic offenses)
Please obtain a certificate of "final disposition" from the court where you were convicted and consult an attorney as to how to proceed. Alternatively, you can request an individual background check ($41 fee) by calling Morpho Trak at 1-877-503-5981 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) or online at http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/serv_chrc.html#icbc
_ Letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, community organizations, church pastors
_ Copies of awards, scholarship letters, articles about you, and other academic, sports, cultural or community recognitions.
Do not leave anything to chance. Make your application as strong and complete as possible. You only have one chance to be approved.