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  1. Hey guys so I'm about to start my freshman year this fall 2014 and I read the DACA requirement to have that status for a year. However, they also said that is because of the Virginia in state requirements for tuition. I've been living in Virginia for 10 years now and am going to a Virginia University, so do I still have to wait a year to get in-state?
  2. Freedom Summer 2014 Project

    Hello guys, My name is Francisco Rayado and I am a recipient and beneficiary of the Deferred Action. I work for Mi Familia Vota, a non-profit organization that was started in 2004 and that has been in the immigration reform fight since 2006. We have a project coming up this summer and we are doing it to commemorate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For those of you that don't know or simply can't recall from High School Social Studies, I suggest watching a 15 minute youtube clip which I can link below. Long story short, in 1964 minorities, but mostly the black population was being affected and their right to vote was being suppressed. Now in present days, we see the similarities but it is now the Latino community that is being affected the most. The fact that we hardly vote and are intimidated by the whole aspect of going to the polls has led to cities such as Phoenix, AZ being terrorized by Sheriff Joe and Jan Brewer making our life miserable by not issuing driver's licenses to us. My point is that we have to vote and for those that can't, like "me." We can sure as hell influence anyone around us to do so. From any girlfriends/ boyfriend, to friends or even complete strangers. The Freedom Summer Project 2014 is a bus tour set for July 2014 where we will travel to different cities within Arizona and engage the community by registering them to vote, in turn, you get an amazing experience where you can listen to different people's stories and a chance for you to develop as a leader in your community. Besides, who doesn't want to travel for 10 days right? As a resident of Arizona, I am tired of seeing families being torn apart, I am tired of worrying about wether my parents will come home from work or not, I am tired of absurd bills becoming laws, and I am tired of not being able to proceed my education because of different roadblocks I encounter. I'm sure all of you can empathize with me and I know for sure that each and everyone of you has their own unique story. That is why I'm reaching out to YOU my fellow Arizona residents. Can you guys join me in this historic process, because believe it or not, that is what we're doing. And for those that are eager to participate but live in other states, Mi Familia Vota is nation wide and has offices established in Callifornia, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. Here I leave my contact info for anyone interested in participating in Arizona. Thanks. Francisco Rayado (602)516-9459 [email protected]
  3. Freedom Summer 2014 Project

    Hello guys, My name is Francisco Rayado and I am a recipient and beneficiary of the Deferred Action. I work for Mi Familia Vota, a non-profit organization that was started in 2004 and that has been in the immigration reform fight since 2006. We have a project coming up this summer and we are doing it to commemorate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For those of you that don't know or simply can't recall from High School Social Studies, I suggest watching a 15 minute youtube clip which I can link below. Long story short, in 1964 minorities, but mostly the black population was being affected and their right to vote was being suppressed. Now in present days, we see the similarities but it is now the Latino community that is being affected the most. The fact that we hardly vote and are intimidated by the whole aspect of going to the polls has led to cities such as Phoenix, AZ being terrorized by Sheriff Joe and Jan Brewer making our life miserable by not issuing driver's licenses to us. My point is that we have to vote and for those that can't, like "me." We can sure as hell influence anyone around us to do so. From any girlfriends/ boyfriend, to friends or even complete strangers. The Freedom Summer Project 2014 is a bus tour set for July 2014 where we will travel to different cities within Arizona and engage the community by registering them to vote, in turn, you get an amazing experience where you can listen to different people's stories and a chance for you to develop as a leader in your community. Besides, who doesn't want to travel for 10 days right? As a resident of Arizona, I am tired of seeing families being torn apart, I am tired of worrying about wether my parents will come home from work or not, I am tired of absurd bills becoming laws, and I am tired of not being able to proceed my education because of different roadblocks I encounter. I'm sure all of you can empathize with me and I know for sure that each and everyone of you has their own unique story. That is why I'm reaching out to YOU my fellow Arizona residents. Can you guys join me in this historic process, because believe it or not, that is what we're doing. And for those that are eager to participate but live in other states, Mi Familia Vota is nation wide and has offices established in Callifornia, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. Here I leave my contact info for anyone interested in participating in Arizona. Thanks. Francisco Rayado (602)516-9459 [email protected]
  4. Hi everyone, I received this RFE letter today https://www.dropbox.com/s/t7ys88ubljeio7b/Scan.jpeg I answered no to being arrested and charged because I was never charged, I was only in the car with someone who ended up being charged. The only reason I was taken into custody was because I was with the person. When they released me, I got a copy of a notice from the police dept signed by the releasing officer that I was released without charge. I was going to send them a copy of that along with this letter. https://www.dropbox.com/s/bjyrrhjjsc...34.31%20PM.png Do you guys think that's what I should do? Any advice would be helpful (I'm trying to avoid spending hundreds on a lawyer but will if it's more beneficial)
  5. I am a credit union employee, not a DACA individual, however I am doing research for the purpose of determining how to handle new SSNs presented by DACA individuals who previously had ITINs or no SSN/ITIN at all. I would like feedback on how other financial institutions have handled this for DACA individuals. Our compliance person is insisting a couple of things I am not in agreement with, but need to find out for certain. The SSN cards state "for work only". This makes her believe we (credit union) CANNOT use it for the purposes of opening a savings/checking account or issuing credit. (Yet, we have other members who have cards that say the same or similar thing as they are legal residents who are working and that doesn't concern her...???). The other issue is that we have members who had previously opened their account or got their loan w/ an ITIN, and now want to switch it to their new SSN. She is refusing to do it, however I believe DACA individuals must cease using their ITIN once their SSN has been issued, correct? Can anyone provide: 1. Credible source/documentation giving direction; or 2. Info on how your financial institution handled this? Thanks, Joan Miller United Educational Credit Union Battle Creek, MI
  6. Hello!

    Hi to all of you who have created this wonderful website, I am from UZB my English is not so good i understand everything but very bad with writing. I been living here since 2002 went to school for a year and overstayed my visa j-1 i was 15 when i came. America have become home for me and for my family. I got married here have daughter and son. i could had adjusted my status through my wife but did not wanted her to think i married her just to get my papers. When i heard about DACA i never thought i would be eligible for this, after talking to lawyer i decide to file for it. when i went to do some research i was amazed so much that many of you posting that you got approved and wishing everybody else the same, some even posted from beginning and updates from time to time. So today i got approved so i really what to thank everybody who posted and updated more info about daca. i filed on June 7 2013. got bio-metrics done on August 16, 2013, get RFE letter on September 16, 2013. send RFE back on Dec 5 2013. today 4/8/2014 got approved hopefully should receive my work authorization within 30 days. Thank you and wish you all the best it took exactly 10 month )))
  7. Approved!

    I am very happy to share the good news with my fellow dreamers; this morning I got an email from USCIS telling me that I have been approved and that I should be receiving my card very soon. This forum has been very helpful and I would like to thank all those who showed support. I'm still going to be around to show the same support for those who are still waiting. Keep your hopes up. Applied: 11-23-2012 Biometrics: 12-21-2012 R.F.E. Sent: 9-5-2013 R.F.E. Response: 10-11-2013 Last Service Request Made: 1-13-2014 Approved: 2-3-2014
  8. Still Waiting

    Hello Everyone, First off I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year, I hope your holidays went well. I am writing this post to express my frustration with the wait I've had to endure this past 13 months. I applied for DACA on Nov. 23, 2012 and till this day I haven't received a decision on my case. I have made several service requests, I've sent several emails, tried getting help from my senator, I responded to and R.F.E and still nothing. I reside in Texas and my application is being processed in Nebraska, wtf?! Are any of you still waiting after a year for a decision on their case? Do you live in Texas or any neighboring states and you have you're application being processed in Nebraska or Delaware? If so, what are you doing in regards to the long processing time besides waiting? Is there anything else we can do but wait and hope to get our case resolved? I don't understand why this is taking so long. I know people who applied in 2013 many months after me and received their papers within about 4-5 months. In this year of waiting I turned down better paying jobs including outside my state. I don't know what to do anymore this situation really sucks.
  9. Renewing Daca Applications

    Recently got an email concerning renewing your DACA. I thought of posting it to help people out, good luck!! Below is the link to check out the website http://unitedwedream.org/dacarenew/
  10. The One Year Club

    Hello Everyone, Today marks the day that USCIS received my application 13 months ago. The wait has been very frustrating to say the least, and the service provided by the operators when I call USCIS has been worse. I have many 3 service requests, I have written to my senator and I have even received a R.F.E and returned it to USCIS over 2 months ago and still nothing. I'm from South Texas and my application is being processed at the Nebraska Service Center, where they don't normally doesn't handle applications from Texas. At this point I'm just giving up hope. I had to turned down better paying jobs, got a ticket for driving with no license and I have to keep explainig to everyone almost everyday when they ask me about my papers. I'm sure there are many of you who are also part of the one year club or who waited almost a year to get your case approved. What steps are you following or followed to help get your case approved? Application Received: Nov. 23, 2012 Date of Biometrics: Dec. 21, 2012 R.F.E. Sent: Sep. 5, 2013 R.F.E. Returned: Oct. 11, 2013 Last Service Request: Dec. 12, 2013 STILL NOTHING
  11. Hello all - I wanted to ask you a couple of questions, and am hoping for some feedback (please keep in mind that this only applies to individuals that meet USCIS requirements for Deferred Action): Do you qualify for DACA, but have not applied due to financial circumstances? Do you know anyone that has not applied to DACA due to the above mentioned circumstances? The reason for these questions is basically to gauge interest in any form of financial aid to assist with DACA filing expenses. This only applies to individuals that have not applied to DACA, and also that have graduated High School and would like to pursue/are pursuing higher education. Your answers are greatly appreciated. Regards, Santiago
  12. I Want To Get This Over With!

    Hello, On Sept. 5 I received a RFE from USCIS which I responded to on Oct. 9 and which they received on Oct. 11. It has been almost a month since I got an email from USCIS telling me that they had received all the additional information they had requested. What now? I know they told me that it will take a minimum of 60 days for me to get a decision on my case but I am not so sure since a lot of people have to wait longer than that after they submitted their RFE's. Can anybody tell me if they had to send and RFE and how long did you have to wait to get a decision on your case? I have been waiting for almost a year now since I submitted my application (Nov. 23, 2013) my patience is wearing thin and its just very frustrating.
  13. The Wait After Rfe

    USCIS sent me a RFE on Sep. 5 which I responded to on Oct. 9 by sending all the additional evidence they requested. On Oct. 11 I got an email saying that they had received the evidence I sent them which brought me some calm. Its almost been two weeks since they last contacted me. Does anyone know approximately how long it takes for USCIS to make a decision on a case after a RFE has been responded to?
  14. Biometrics Taken But......

    So yesterday I went for my biometrics, it went great.. I arrived 20 minutes before my appointment was scheduled. You show them your ASC Appointment Notice and your I.D. (I took my passport). Then you fill a paper and wait for your number to be called on the board. The woman that took my biometrics told me that I should get my Employmet Authorization Card in the mail within 1 week. I found this to be a shocker beacuse I thought the process took about 4 months. I just sent in my DACA request on August 27, 2013. today is September 24, 2013
  15. So, I live in California and I recently got my marijuana card. I dint think this through now I'm pretty worried it can affect my Deferred Action. I've been approved since April, am I screwed?
  16. Request For Evidence

    Hello, On Thursday Sept. 5 I received an email from USCIS requesting more evidence on my case. The next day I called their offices and I was told that I should be receiving a form in the mail within 15 days, and that I should fill out the form and follow the instructions that will indicate what evidence or information they need to fully evaluate my application. I know many of you have received a "RFE" and I wanted to know what exactly is that they will ask me for so I can start preparing myself in gathering whatever evidence is required. Many people have told me that they will ask me for an income report, some notarized letters from people that have known me for many years, ect. What form will they be sending me? is it the I-797E? Also how long will I have to wait, after I send the form back, to get a decision on my case? I am going on 10 months now and I would appreciate any help I can get regarding this matter. Thanks.
  17. Hi, I'm Jorge

    I'm 21 years old, and I was brought to the United States at the age of 5. I was surfing the internet and I found this website, so I decided to share something about myself. I have lived in the Chicagoland area all my life. When I was younger, I played little league baseball, baseball being my favorite sport and I'm a big Chicago Cubs fan. I went to public school from the 1st grade to the 12th grade. I have always had that drive to achieve greater learning. I write poetry. I read a lot; ancient cultures are my favorite. History and Biology are my favorite school subjects. When a realized I was illegal, I thought, well I've heard of the legislation called the DREAM ACT and without a doubt its going to pass before i'm out of high school. We all know it never passed. As I write this, I am remembering watching the vote count (in the Senate) on c-span. it was heart-breaking, and I never shared my situation with anyone. To make it short, I became: very angry, sad, depressed, and anxious. I felt terrible shame, and not expressing my feelings was drowning me. I have recently applied for DACA. I sent my application on August 27, 2013, and I have my biometrics scheduled for September 23, 2013.
  18. Well, we are at it again... The New York Times reported that the debate to overhaul the broken immigration system is being overshadowed by the debate of potential military intervention in Syria, in addition to debates about the Gov's Budget and its borrowing limits (debt ceiling). Since the Syrian intervention and debt ceiling/budget talks have gained popularity and are also being actively discussed in media outlets, the push for immigration reform has lost some of its lime light, but not its momentum. Even though House Republicans say that Immigration Reform has been pushed to the bottom of the list of priorities, reform advocates still plan to mobilize en masse during the fall to pressure the House to pass a comprehensive bill. During the month of October alone, it is expected that there will be rallies in about 40 cities, with a march/rally on DC on October 8th. Please click here to read the original article...
  19. I came to US wheni was 3 months old, i have physical prove of me presence (vaccination records and bautism certificate) In 1987 left Back to Mexico. and Reentrer the US undocumented at age of 16 in 2001. I have been in the states from 2001-to present. and i have prove, too. Can I apply for Daca?
  20. when filling an application to get a driver's license and an Id here in Tx do I apply for both in ONE application or fill one application for each?
  21. Hey everyone new here. Basically my dilema is I filed back in Oct and did Biometrics in Nov and it's been 8 months now. Also back in January I discovered that USCIS had the wrong address and fixed it. In Jun I called USCIS and they said they would send me an inquiry as to where my file was, since it's been more than 6 months of the processing time. Well long story short I talked to my lawyer and they said that my case was transfered to the fraud review or something like that. I'm SUPER scared bcuz I haven't lied about anything on my file. Idk if USCIS is just saying that to scare me or what. Has anyone experienced this? or has gone thru additional review?
  22. As per News.FIU.edu (Click for story) FIU is the first public university in Florida to offer in-state tuition to students who have qualified for Deferred Action. Before this decision was made this spring, local undocumented students had to pay out-of-state tuition. Thanks to the decision, DACAmented students will only have to pay approximately one-third of the price of out-of-state tuition... Therefore, if you live in FL, and are DACAmented, Get Educated! Click HERE for the article on news.fiu.edu Click HERE for the original article in the Sun Sentinel (increased coverage and more information). Super proud of the Alma Mater... Go Panthers! (Class of 2011)
  23. Hey guys after what I experienced today, I decided to come to this site and start a discussion on a new topic for which I cannot find any answers online and I hope someone here can clarify for me. Anyways, I went down to the T-mobile store today hoping to get an upgrade at a discounted price. The sales representative asked for my social as they told me that they were required to run a credit check. I am 18 and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. After trying and trying, I was forced to leave without a phone because my social security failed to show any info, infact it errored out. This has lead me to believe that all the social secuity numbers provided to us DREAMERS are different than those given to US citizens. I've also been trying to add my social to different online sites like my own bank account and it still errors out. I'm just really frustrated and can't understand what is going on here. The social security card itself does have a stamp that says for work only so my best guess is that these numbers come with restrictions. Thanks for listening and have a great day!
  24. C'est La Vie

    Hello fellow Dreamers,I know I haven't really done a proper introduction of myself , so here's a try on doing that. I was born in Peru and I moved to this blessed country when I was 12 years old. I've lived here since then, I'm 23 years old and currently going to Santa Monica College and I'll be attending California State University, Northridge in the Fall of 2013. If you guys have any question let me know. Miguel C.
  25. Thank You Everyone

    Hey all. I've been a lurker since nov 2012. Just wanted to thank u all for contributing to this forum, espacially for those that read in silence. Just wanted to come out of lurk-mode and say how grateful I am for the guidance of this site. Many of us came to America not knowing what our lives would embark on because we came at such a young age. It sucks but I'm just grateful for a change in "status" (not legal status but being able to have an ID and work legally is still great) and I hope it gets better sooner than later. I applied for DACA Jan 29 2013 and received my Approval notice (April 29) and Work permit today (5/2). I really hope to one day travel abroad but I'm thankful for this first step. PATIENCE IS EVERYTHING WITH THIS PROCESS!!! I kinda forgot about it and randomly checked my status online to see a message saying my approved items are in the mail. I was shocked with happiness and received it the next day in the mail. God is great and his time will forever be the best time. Just in time for my new job!! Hope all of us get approved and get what you deserve. Please continue what you guys are doing on this site and your blessings will continue to pour in. Later guys...