A great top 10 list: http://nilc.org/
There are many details that still have not been released and CIS says that there will be NO WAY TO APPLY for many months, but if you think you will qualify there are things you can be doing now!
- SAVE MONEY! The application alone will cost $465.00 so save up!
- Get any records from any court or police interaction anywhere in the world. If you have had any incidents, you must find out whether you are still qualified or not and an attorney cannot tell you this if you do not have accurate records. If you apply and you are not eligible you could risk deportation. There are many criminal incidents that will not be a big deal, but you will still have to admit to them on the application and include your “final dispositions” for all cases when you apply, so work on getting them now.
- We recommend you file for AT LEAST 2014 taxes. If you have never filed before an accountant can help you get an ITIN number. Any accountant who understands ITINS can help you with this. We also refer to Pat Casella who works at H&R Block Pittsfield and speaks Spanish. http://www.hrblock.com/tax-
offices/local/massachusetts- tax-preparation/pittsfield- tax-professionals
- Gather identity documents, renew passports etc, (see information below)
- Start gathering as many things as you can that prove that you have lived here continuously since January 1, 2010 AND were physically present in the US 11/20/2014, (see below for more detailed info.)
Scroll down and click on these titles to start preparing.
- DAPA and New DACA check list for Continuous Residence
- BIC Affidavit Guide DAPA and New DACA
- Preparing for Possible Immigration Relief
- Preparing for Possible Immigration Relief (Spanish)
- How to Get a Copy of Your Immigration File
- How to Get your Criminal Record
- How to Get your Criminal Record (Spanish)
- Tax Preparation and the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
- Tax Preparation and the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (Spanish)
Don’t Get Taken Advantage of!
This process will take some time. We want to stress that there is NO APPLICATION PROCESS YET. Please be cautious so you are not taken advantage of. When programs like this arise, many people try to take advantage of those who would apply. From people calling themselves “Notarios” to Attorneys who don’t know enough about immigration law, to well meaning members of the community who want to help but don’t know enough about the process and make many mistakes- you must be careful. At this point BIC does not recommend giving money to ANYONE. We also think you should never use any online program to apply for immigration and urge you to seek advice only from Attorneys specializing in immigration law and Centers (like BIC) that have Accredited Representatives on staff.