The DREAM Act is another way people refer to the Development, Relief, and
Education for Alien Minors Act. It is a U.S. legislative proposal for
qualifying immigrant minors in the United States for permanent residency.
The bill was first introduced in the Senate in late 2001 by U.S. Senators
Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch.
Originally, the Act was intended to help immigrant children whose parents
illegally brought them into the United States. It protects certain minors
from being deported back to a country that may not be familiar to them
at all. Those who qualify for the DREAM Act must meet some of the following
- They must have been younger than 18 years of age when they initially arrived
in the United States
- They must have proof of having arrived in the United States before age 16
- They must have evidence of residence in the United States for at least
5 consecutive years since their date of arrival
- If they are male, they must have registered with the Selective Service
- They must have been between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of the bill enactment
- They must have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED,
or been admitted to an institution of higher education
- They must be of good moral character
For those who do qualify, during their first 6 years, they will be granted
“conditional” status that would be required to graduate from
a 2-year community college, complete at least 2 years toward a 4-year
degree, or serve 2 years in the U.S. military. After this period, those
who meet at least 1 of these requirements would be eligible to apply for
permanent residency. Those who qualify for the DREAM Act will not be eligible
for federal higher education grants, such as Pell grants, but they would
be able to apply for student loans and work-study programs.
The most recent version of the DREAM Act was introduced in July 2017 by
Senators Lindsay Graham and Richard Durbin. This version allows current,
former, and future undocumented high school graduates and GED recipients
a 3-step pathway to U.S. citizenship.
As of 2017, no formal, federal DREAM Act has been made into law, though
various states have their own versions. It has been reintroduced to Congress
several times over the past decade and continues to be introduced in Congress
If you’re concerned about whether or not you may be eligible for
your state’s DREAM Act, talk to one of our skilled
Cleveland immigration attorneys today.
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