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What is the DREAM Act?

  • Stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors
  • Was first introduced in the Senate, Aug. 1, 2001
  • Is an amendment to the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996

To apply :

  • Individual must be younger than 35 years old when bill is enacted
  • Individual must have entered the United States when they were younger than 16 years old
  • Individual must be at least years 12 years old (in other words, need to be between 12 and 35 to apply)
  • Individual must have lived in the U.S. for at least five consecutive years, immediately preceding the bill’s enactment
  • Individual must have received high school diploma or GED*  
  • Allows conditional permanent resident status for six years
  • Individual cannot leave the U.S. for more than 365 days, total, during those six years 

*If an individual has not graduated from high school, they must be “enrolled full-time in primary or secondary school and are 12 years of age or older.” The individual can apply for conditional permanent resident status once they’ve earned a high school diploma or GED

To petition for permanent status (within 180 days before and up to two years after conditional status expires):

  • Individual must have completed at least two years at a U.S. university/college or earned a degree from a U.S. university/college OR served at least two years with the U.S. armed services
  • Individual also must have been a person of “good moral character”


All of this is taken from the Library of Congress, THOMAS and DREAM Act Info 

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