Getting an education leads to many challenges, particularly by the children of undocumented immigrants. In most cases these children did not ask to be brought to the United States, however our country is often the only place they can really call home. While the need still exists for comprehensive immigration reform, other legal actions continue to move forward so that more and more rights can be granted to undocumented immigrants and their children. Even so, it is still extremely important that undocumented immigrants take action to obtain legal immigration status so as to avoid deportation and our firm is here to help.
Brown Immigration Law is an immigration-based law firm that has provided legal representation for countless individuals and families seeking temporary or permanent immigration status. Our lead attorney has a unique insight into the immigration process as he spent many years as a Director with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) prior to founding our firm. We take pride in being proactive in our approach and we work hard to keep abreast of all current and pending immigration changes so that we can provide our clients with the counsel they deserve.
One of the most recent immigration-related issues involves the education of undocumented children. As the law currently stands undocumented children of illegal immigrants, who are living here in Orlando or anywhere else in the state of Florida, are ineligible to receive the same in-state tuition rates as other U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. A new state immigration law, which just barely passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, March 18th 2014, would give these undocumented children the opportunity to pay in-state tuition expenses rather than be forced to pay out-of-state tuition costs. The only stipulation would be that the student in question must have attended no less than 3 consecutive years at a Florida secondary school before receiving a high school diploma, and he or she must have enrolled in college within 2 years of graduation. The bill does not grant access to financial aid nor will undocumented immigrants be given preferential status. Before the bill reaches the Senate floor, it must first go through 3 other committees. A separate and slightly modified bill is awaiting a final vote with the House of Representatives. If you or a loved one needs help with an immigration issue, or you want to find out more about the in-state tuition bill for undocumented students, do not hesitate to contact a Winter Park immigration attorney at our firm today.