Scam AlertLast month we learned that the Department of Homeland Security will stop seeking deportation for those immigrants who were brought here as children, so long as the meet certain criteria. Under this plan they will also be able to obtain work authorization.

The hopeful candidates of the DREAM Act, commonly referred to as Dreamers, will benefit most from these changes. However, Obama’s Deferred Action is not the DREAM Act.

Beware of Scams

As an immigration attorney, I am hearing a lot about people already taking advantage of the new deferred action. Here is a list of facts and guidelines for you to follow so you or a loved one is not taken advantage of:


  1. This is not a direct path to permanent residency.
  2. You cannot file for temporary work authorization yet.
  3. Official rules and guidelines should be out by August 13, 2012.
  4. If you qualify, the deferred action is only for you and not for your family members.


  1. Go only to a skilled immigration attorney.
  2. DO NOT go to a Notario.
  3. Do not pay for anything yet, (expect perhaps a consultation fee) the process is not clear yet so a fair fee is impossible to determine.

Fraud is already a problem in immigration law, do not become the next victim. I am hearing of people paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for supposed legal assistance in obtaining deferred action. Before you pay anything, consult with several attorneys to determine what is best for you.

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