Although President Obama has put a process in place to allow certain children or young adults to begin a citizenship process, - the actual rules and/or process will be not be in place until August 15, 2012. Please do not pay any fees to anyone until we know exactly what the process will be to participate in this deferred action program.
And now, that the program expires in a month, what is the United States (POTUS) going to do with the families who registered under DACA, paid their application fee and have been contributing to our tax base?
However, once the process is in place, you will help yourself and your family members if you have the following records readily available:
Financial Receipts - which may include car loans, credit cards
HS Transcript and/or GED Certificate
Clean up criminal record if you had any significant misdeamors - such as DWI.
Documents that indicate you have been a resident of the United States for at least 5 years, are in good standing, have attended or completed primary education, have served in the military and any unusual circumstances that your family may suffer should you be deported.
If you have a family member, who has been detained by ICE, you can locate that family member as long as you have his/her A# - log on to www.locator.ice.gov/odls/homepage.do - enter person's A#, Name and Country of Origin and the system should give you the facility that your family member is being held in by ICE.
If your family has doubts about biological relationship to someone - that is you need to prove paternity because father and mother were not married at time of birth and father did not sign specific acknowledgement of paternity - get a DNA test completed as part of your package of paperwork. The same for the mother - if the birth certificate is missing, in another language, registered later than the actual birth - get a maternity test so that there are no questions as to relatedness within a family.
Find a local community organization that understands the new rules and can help you through the process without spending alot of dollars.