When can DREAMers apply for RPI status adjustment?

Well, my first piece of advice would be that if you meet the requirements Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and were actually trying to decide between applying for DACA or waiting for Obama Immigration Reform, the choice has now been made for you: apply for DACA now because DACA approved DREAMers will not only be approved in just about 6-8 months at the most, they will follow a more streamlined process for adjustment to RPI legal immigrant status.  It is important to realize that the dedicated staff for DACA makes the process fairly simple right now.  On the other hand, applying for legalization under Immigration Reform bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM), you will be in the same line as anyone else, and when millions of people apply, expect massive delays and years of waiting.  However, having a DACA approval in your hand right now, you will have a right to legal work and a valid Social Security number


Regarding the timing for RPI visa applications, in the most optimistic scenario, the applications are expected to be filed in the second half of 2014 and the approvals should start coming in during 2015.  Knowing fully well how delays can happen for no reason, it is best to be prepared with your own documents and have enough money in the bank to pay for fees and back taxes.

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