Hundreds of thousands of young people in the United States are eligible to obtain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) under last year’s policy change by the Obama Administration. However, many may actually be eligible for other types of immigration relief, some more permanent, such as victims of serious crimes.

According to the New York Times, “more than a dozen immigration lawyers around the country — from private practice, advocacy organizations and university law clinics — said that as many as a quarter of the young immigrants who have consulted with them about deferred action since last summer appeared to be eligible for visas or other relief.”

These young people are finally discovering ways they may be eligible to stay in the United States by coming out of the shadows and seeking advice from qualified immigration attorneys. It is important to openly discuss your history with your immigration lawyer so that he/she may ascertain what benefits you may be eligible for and what the best route to residency is for you.