Immigrant Youth: 7 Things You Must Know

  1. By now, if you have not applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you should do it.  And do not try filing the papers on your own.   Contact the best immigration lawyer you can find.
  2. PLEASE do not stay among the two million immigrant youth (ages 15-31) who have not yet filed.
  3. DACA is not a green card, but it is the best option for immigrant youth, with a renewable 2 year work permit, driver’s license and Social Security card waiting for you, not to mention protection from deportation.
  4. Parents of immigrant youth with DACA have been able to get their pending deportation cases closed often, with the help of top immigration lawyers.  This process is called prosecutorial discretion.
  5. If you are a young United States citizen born to immigrant parents, once you turn 21, you should be filing green card applications for your mother and father whenever possible.  Again this issue requires the analysis of superior immigration attorneys.  Do not do it yourself or with the help of a nonlawyer or general practice attorney.
  6. United States citizens who serve in the US Military – whether we are talking about Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, or Veterans – may be able to file for their parents, spouses and children to get green cards under the Parole in Place program.  This policy has been expanded from its origins only very recently.  Brand new rules.  Seek expert immigration counsel.
  7. Immigrant youth who marry United States citizens can certainly look into green cards.  We can help couples who are straight as well as gay, with the guidance of the United States Supreme Court decision in Windsor issued earlier in 2013.

For all of the above cases involving immigrant youth, please do yourself and your family a giant favor and seek advice from the best immigration lawyer available.


Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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