Q: Parents brought me here illegally very young. I just want to know my options.
At around 6 months old I was brought to the U.S illegally. I am now 15 years old. I fear for my future as I go to a very good school and I want to be able to have a future without worrying about my citizenship. I have records to prove my time in the United States. I have never broken the law and I feel more like an American than anything else, but my family and I have no idea how to gain a title of citizenship for me. I just want to know what I should do in this situation, or in the future as I understand I am still rather young for most processes. My parents are also illegal and nobody can refer me. Any advice can help for any type of legal status in the U.S (residency,visa,education visa, etc..)
A: Unfortunately, you are in the situation of a large number of young people who need a change in the immigration laws. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program) applies to your situation, but because of the President's executive order, no new DACA applications are being accepted. This is currently being reviewed by the courts, so there is the possibility that DACA applications will resume. If you hear in the news that has happened, contact an immigration lawyer immediately. Also, although there has been talk of comprehensive immigration reform for years, the best hope for any change does deal with people in your situation; so there is hope.
The only other possibility would be if you possibly qualify for a U-visa. If you have been the victim of a crime (not all apply) and you (or your parents) have reported it to police and cooperated in the investigation, there is a special visa that might apply. If that is the case, contact an immigration lawyer immediately to discuss.
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