Many of our students are going through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Be aware of scams. Preparing adequately for the GED® requires time and effort. Avoid any GED program that offers to prepare you for the GED® test but without requiring you to attend any actual classes or offer letters just for enrolling.
For those students who need an Official DACA letter, be aware that not all letters from GED® schools will be accepted by Homeland Security. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services only accepts DACA letters from institutions approved by Homeland Security. The Centro Hispano Marista is an approved GED program by Homeland Security.
Also, be careful with who you choose to represent you legally. Make sure that your lawyer specializes in immigration and that he/she is approved to practice by the State of Georgia. Note that not all notaries are lawyers in Georgia.
What do I need to do to get DACA letter to prove I’m a GED student?
You need to comply with the two requirements below to request a letter:
- Successfully complete a recent class session (attend to classes, complete homework materials, take final test)
- Be enrolled for the next session (to demonstrate you are serious about your studies)
No exceptions are made.
How long does it take to get the letter after requesting it?
The process takes about 1 week and involves the next steps:
- Student’s request the letter with all the information required to an administrator. Please do not ask for a letter if you do not comply with the requirements, to make the process more efficient for everyone. No exceptions are made.
- Verification that you comply with the two requirements when requesting the letter.
- Signing and returning a document that we will send you, where you understand that we will monitor your progress and that we will drop you out if you do not follow the agreement. Remember we will be very transparent with immigration officers if they verify your information at any time.
- Review your address and other information.
- If you ask for more than a letter in a year, there is a processing fee of $10 for each letter you request.
If I was a student in the past but left, and I recently re-enroll, can I ask for a letter now?
No. You must complete a session RECENTLY, so you will have to wait until the session is over and enroll to the following to comply with the requirements. This is why we do not recommend to abandon the program until you get your diploma. This guarantees that you will hold an active status in our system at any time.
If I finish the session but do not pass the test, would it count?
We will consider effort and attendance, therefore, it may count.
If I enroll but I do not attend classes and/or finish my online material, can I still get the letter?
It wouldn’t be fair for those students who do put the time and effort to comply with the requirements. The answer is no.
Why can’t I just get a letter when I enroll?
We need to show evidence and prove at any moment that you are a serious student and not someone that just enroll to get the letter and leave. This is why we earn the validation and can help hundreds of DACA students who are doing everything right.
Can I use my payment receipt as proof of enrollment?
We wouldn’t recommend it, but check with your immigration lawyer. If we cannot prove you are an active students with dates and material covered, you will ultimately pay the consequences for not waiting until having the right letter and documentation.
Our sessions are now shorter and more frequent than before, so we recommend you apply for DACA with the right letter we provide you. All your DACA classmates go through the same process–do it right so you don’t have any problems later on.
I comply with the requirements. Can I ask for a letter at any time?
Yes! We will be happy to help you! Process time is about a week.
*There is a processing fee for each letter you ask extra within a year.
Will my letter show when I left the program and reenter?
Yes. We recommend that you take your studies seriously and do not leave until you graduate.
I already have my GED diploma. Do I need a letter?
No, you don’t need our letter and you do not need to reenroll. Once you obtain your GED, send a copy to your lawyers so they can update your file. You will be able to renew your DACA as long as the program remains in place.
*If you are going through a DACA process, be proactive! Follow the rules and be mindful that some sessions fill out quickly. If you know you will need a Deferred Action letter, do not wait until the last week to request it. We want to help you, but you need to be responsible and enroll during registration times.