Although the DREAM Act has been revised many times since 2001, and it may very well be revised again before it is finally passed, beneficiaries of the DREAM Act will probably have to meet the following requirements to be granted conditional status:
- You must register in order to obtain the benefit of the legislation — in other words, its benefits are not automatic.
- You must be inadmissible, deportable, or subject to Temporary Protected Status;
- You must have been younger than 18 when you first entered the US;
- You must have resided in the US for at least four years in a row after your initial arrival;
- You must be between 12 and 35 years of age at the time the DREAM Act is passed;
- You must meet certain educational requirements (a high school diploma, a GED, or admission to a college or university); and
- You must demonstrate good moral character and pass criminal background checks.
Once you achieve conditional status, you will have six more years to “graduate” to permanent residence status. To obtain permanent residence, you must either:
- graduate from a two-year community college;
- complete two years of study towards a four-year college or university degree; or
- serve at least two years in the US military.
During this period, you will be eligible to apply for work-study programs and higher education grants.
Once you successfully complete the requirements, you will be granted a “green card”, and you will eventually be eligible to apply for US citizenship.