On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a new policy that allows young immigrants here in the United States, without documents, to qualify for temporary legal status and work permission.
In order to qualify for this new status, you need to be less than 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012, the date of the Executive Order by Obama. (If you turn 31 after June 15, 2012, you can still apply).
There are several requirements:
You can find the mailing address, forms and instructions on www.uscis.gov/i-821d.
Persons convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety are not eligible. The rules say that a conviction for driving without a license is not a significant misdemeanor.
If you have a more serious misdemeanor or felony on your record, in some cases there may be a way to qualify by expunging your record, but you should get legal advice before applying.
Under the law, a “brief, casual, and innocent” absence from the United States will not interrupt your
continuous residence. If you have left the U.S. in the last 5 years, you should get legal advice before applying.