WANTED: A babysitter’s helper I know for sure doesn’t speak English!

Hello, I am a U.S. citizen. I am a 33-year-old psychologist, but am not a citizen. My DACA renewal is approved and I thought I could file for a new photo ID, but now…

WANTED: A babysitter’s helper I know for sure doesn’t speak English!

Hello,

I am a U.S. citizen. I am a 33-year-old psychologist, but am not a citizen. My DACA renewal is approved and I thought I could file for a new photo ID, but now I am left in limbo. I am working (heavily) and travel (car) everywhere. I am thinking about applying for a driver’s license so I can qualify for multiple types of ID. The kids are being very helpful and begging me to get this done soon, but what is the quickest route to obtain a new ID?

Thank you in advance,

> Olga

Dear Olga,

At the moment you don’t seem to know where to go. You could:

– Make your own filing, and mail it to: US Citizenship and Immigration Services

– Register for DAPA at this site: http://www.darpa.gov/dl/centers/en-US/dap-clinics/

– Apply directly to be a Waiver Application Typer, US Department of Homeland Security

I sincerely hope someone would be able to resolve this quickly. Several people I know living in the United States legally all say the same thing: In order to be an official “person of interest” for ICE, they have to have a “lawful presence” document. Now those are often easier to get, which means if you are a legally authorized person of interest under a detention order, you have a few less options available to you.

In some U.S. cities, you can use a “Pre-Deportation Visa” to get your photo ID before you are de-authorized and detained, but you have to be a legal permanent resident first. I’m hoping you live in a city where you can try that avenue first.

Greetings,

Charlie

Dear Charlie,

How about using the latest applicant forms or even the employer form from when you started applying for DACA? It is a short, fast process for DACA and you can get an employer to approve a newer form of identification.

I’m sure you’re an experienced traveler with multiple forms of ID, but if you don’t own a car, there are lots of options. You can take the bus, bus pass, friends who have electric cars, taxis and Uber! Also, it is worth having a “passport card” or driver’s license. There are many places to go now for that kind of ID. Check out these old DMV websites. If you do not have a passport or a driver’s license, you might as well always travel with a driver’s license.

Do you think the armed drones patrol Afghanistan and Pakistan could watch for people acting suspiciously?

Thanks,

> Joe L.

Dear Joe,

And who knows? Having the software designed to download a passport and driver’s license might be your ticket to avoid detention by ICE. I don’t want to make this sound that easy!

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