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By The Houston Immigration Attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham., P.C.

On March 27th 2009, Congress reintroduced the DREAM Act. This act is highly favorable within the immigrants and within the immigration-attorneys community. The DREAM Act is a legislation that was first proposed in 2001 to allow immigrant students an opportunity to earn a higher education and permanent residency. The proposed legislation recognizes that many immigrant children that accompanied their parents to enter the country without inspection did so without the intention to violate U.S. immigration laws and regulations. As such, the legislation does not seek to punish these innocent children; but instead, allow them a path to legalization and higher education. The Houston Immigration Attorneys and the Houston Deportation Attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham., P.C. often receive inquiries from children and students who wish to obtain legalization. The current U.S. immigration law does not allow children accompanying parents who entered without inspections (EWI) a path toward legalization even if they have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives and attended school in the U.S. Their education would be cut short after High School as Colleges and Universities required legal status in the U.S. to attend school. In fact, these children and students face deportation at any given time.

To be eligible under the DREAM Act, the student must prove that:

  • He/she arrived in the US at or before the age of 15;

  • He/she has been in the United States for at least five years;

  • The student must have been be between the ages of 12 and 30 at the time of the bill's enactment;

  • Graduated from an American high school or obtained a GED; and

  • Demonstrate “good moral character.”

Under the DREAM Act, the student would be provided with a temporary residency for 6 years if the above referenced requirements were met. Within that those six years, they must spend two years attending college or serving in the military in order to earn permanent residency. If a student does not comply with the academic or military requirement, temporary residency will be revoked and they can be orderly removed from the U.S.

The Houston Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham. understand that this is a controversial Bill. Our support of the Bill is purely humanitarian purpose. We support and uphold U.S. immigration law and legal immigration. The DREAM Act will legalize the process for undocumented children and students to obtain permanent residency, obtain a higher education, pay taxes, and be more productive in our economy and society.

Should you have any questions regarding the DREAM Act or how to sponsor family members to be legalized, please contact the Houston Family Sponsor Immigration Attorneys and the Houston Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham., P.C. at 713-517-6645 .


Unless specifically stated, attorneys are not certified in any specic areas of law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Furthermore, immigration Law is a vast area of law and requires an immigration attorney with years of experience to understand the intricacies of the Immigration & Nationality Law. The information above is generalized based on current immigration law at the time this article was written. You should contact a Houston Immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham. for more information. Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham is a Houston-based Immigration Law Firm with two offices to serve you. You are invited to contact the Houston Removal Defense Attorneys and the Woolands Deportation Defense Lawyers at Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham today at 713-517-6645 or complete ourContact Form.