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25 Useful Things for Dreamers To Know How to Do

By Parviz Malakouti-Fitzgerald, Esq. 

Knowing how to navigate the U.S. legal system illuminates the path

In my years practicing as a citizenship and immigration lawyer, and as administrator of a facebook DACA group, I’ve come across a lot of DACA recipients and non-DACA dreamers. 

In dealing with their cases, I've come to have some insight on the things that are useful for them to know how to do.

These are twenty five things that, in my opinion, are useful for dreamers to know how to do. 

  1. Get a copy of your immigration file from previous lawyer(s) 

  2. Check the status of your DACA or EAD application 

  3. Calculate your amount of unlawful presence 

  4. File a freedom of information act request 

  5. Get a copy of your I-94

  6. Fix your I-94 if it’s inaccurate 

  7. Know what to do if you’re arrested and/or charged with a crime as a DACA recipient 

  8. Know how you came into the United States (visa overstay or entry without inspection, or waive-through?) 

  9. Renew your passport from your country of origin (Mexico, El Salvador, India, etc.) 

  10. Renew your DACA! 

  11. File an I-130 petition for alien relative 

  12. “Renew” an approved I-130 that is current

  13. Read and understand the U.S. visa bulletin 

  14. Contact a U.S. congressmember’s office for help

  15. Get your FBI background check (identity history summary) 

  16. Get your state-level background check (California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc.) 

  17. Order a copy of your marriage certificate 

  18. Order a copy of your childrens’ birth certificates

  19. Get a U.S. federal apostille of a vital document 

  20. Get a U.S. state-level apostille of a vital document (Link to California guide here) 

  21. Request a free copy of your credit report 

  22. Properly answer questions in a USCIS interview (there are important tips!) 

  23. Get evidence of selective service registration (for males between 18-26) 

  24. Check if a lawyer is actually licensed to practice law 

  25. Find a good lawyer 

Each immigration and citizenship case is particular and you should consult with a qualified immigration and citizenship lawyer about your case before taking any steps. The Law Office of Parviz Malakouti does not guarantee the accuracy of information presented nor assume responsibility for actions taken in reliance of this information. The information in this page could become outdated. Attorney marketing. 

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