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Working and Other Daily Life Issues for Undocumented Immigrants
Although many immigrants live in the U.S. without lawful immigration status, that doesn't mean they're entirely without rights. If you're in this category, learn more about these rights, and various day-to-day issues, here.
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The U.S. government encourages non-citizens, no matter their immigration status (or lack thereof), to go ahead and get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they're eligible. Free vaccines and boosters are readily available and should not lead to immigration arrest.
Can an Undocumented Person Get a Driver's License?
In a small number of U.S. states, someone who was born outside the U.S. and who has no legal U.S. immigration status (in other words, is “undocumented” or “illegal”) can nevertheless obtain a driver’s license. It will be what's called a "Standard License." (Undocumented persons cannot receive
Non-citizen children who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by a parent might be able to get a green card (U.S. lawful permanent residence) through "Special Immigrant Juvenile Status" (SIJS) This article explains the application process for SIJS for children who are not currently in removal proceedings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Legalizing Status in the U.S.
The child of a U.S. citizen must turn 21 before petitioning for a foreign-born parent, and a parent who overstays a visa in the U.S. or is undocumented will need to overcome other legal and procedural hurdles.