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Learn if you are eligible, what it takes to apply, how criminal records could affect you and the risks involved.
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Texas Dreamers – Waiting for DACA Approval? Start Studying for Your Driver’s License Test.
Upon receipt of your Deferred Action Approval and Employment Authorization you will be ready to apply for your Texas Driver’s License or Texas Identification Card.
We suggest that you get your Texas Driver’s License or Texas Identification Card before you apply for your social security card because if you don’t you will not be able to complete your Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID until your social security card is issued. There could be a delay in getting that issued.
So if you plan to drive in Texas – you must pass the exam.
Dreamers – you will have to study for this exam. (It’s not that easy.)
So, while you are waiting, get busy and find out what you have to do:
Go to this link for more information: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/ApplyforLicense.htm
Go to this link to get started on your studies: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/driverlicense/documents/dl-7.pdf
Soon you will be eligible to be licensed to drive on Texas highways – make sure that you follow the law and get licensed.
About Deferred Action
The Obama Administration has announced that it will offer Deferred Action to younger illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, to allow them to complete their education, continue their military service or begin their careers.
Now is the time to review your eligibility with a licensed attorney and start preparing your documents.
Please note that Deferred Action does not constitute permanent legal status or citizenship. Deferred Action will be granted on a case-by-case basis, and if granted, then the applicant will be eligible to apply for an employment authorization card that will authorize employment for 2 years and can be subsequently renewed.
Eligible individuals must:
- Be 15-30 years old, and have entered the U.S. before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
- Have maintained continuous residence
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple minor misdemeanors
- Be currently in school, graduated or have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran
- Deferred action will be available to those in proceedings, as well as to those who apply affirmatively.
If the applicant is currently only 14 years of age that does not permanently disqualify them from this benefit. It just means that the person will have to wait to submit their request until they turn 15. The age limit is 30, so if you were 30 or younger on June 15, 2012, you will qualify.
If you have been convicted of one serious crime, then you are not eligible for this benefit. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that one offense for DUI may be considered a “serious misdemeanor” in regards to this application.
Decision and Work Permit
Each Deferred Action request will be reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis, and only if granted the applicant will be eligible to apply for an employment authorization card with a 2 year validity period that can be subsequently renewed.
Will my family be at risk if I apply for this benefit?
When this question was presented to DHS representatives, they stated that DHS does not have the intention of investigating family members of the applicant only because an application was submitted.
What will happen if my request is denied?
It will depend on the reason for the denial. If the request is denied, for example, because the applicant has a criminal history, then that person will probably be placed in deportation proceedings.
So please review your criminal history with an attorney before submitting your request.
DHS also announced that an appeal process will not be available for these applications. Therefore, once an application is denied, the decision will be final.
The third round of applications are due Saturday, April 6, 2013. Download the application by clicking here.