Las Vegas, NV asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Nevada

Q: I’m 16 years old and I can’t find any path to becoming a citizen.

Basically when I was 6 months old my parents brought me to the United States and overstayed their VISAS. Nobody in my direct family is a legal citizen, and I am at a loss for answers. I’m currently going to a CTA highschool and I want to go to university and college, but I have no idea how to go about it. Unfortunately for me, the year I was supposed to apply to DACA, DACA was forced to not accept any new applicants. Last year I tried asking around to see if there was any possible way I could get citizenship/residency and I was told “no, you have to wait until DACA comes back”. Regardless, I am working hard to do good academically so I can get scholarships and apply for good colleges, but it all seems pointless if my citizenship status is going to hold me back. I also don’t have a Consular ID or drivers license. So my question is if there is anything I can do to become a citizen in the coming years other than just wait.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: The question requires legal advice that can take time and should be limited to an appointment, perhaps, a legal opinion.

As a result, I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney, who will take the time to carefully explain what can be done. Your parents ought to take care of the appointment fee, not just drop you on the door step of someone who won’t explain all of your options. Good luck.

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