Michael Olivas, professor from the University of Houston Law School, recently posted information about the DREAM Act’s new designation in the Senate now that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he’d bring the bill up for a vote.
Check out a few highlights from the new bill:
- Creates conditional nonimmigrant status for 10 years
- Followed by 3 years of legal permanent resident status prior to application for naturalization
- Authorized to be employed
- May travel outside the U.S.
- Treated as lawfully present except for purposes of eligibility for health care
- Eliminates repeal of in-state tuition ban
- Must show good moral character since time of entry into the country (rather than date of enactment)
- Lower age cap from 34 to 29
- Requires selective service registration
- Good moral character
- Cannot have been absent from the US for a total of more than 365 days during the conditional status
- Must pay back taxes
Click here for more information, the full text of the bill and more.[Photo Courtesy Ricardo Briones]