Starting in January 2014, the high school equivalency test (GED), will change. New changes to the test will mean individuals currently working toward earning the certification must finish this year or they will be forced to start over. For those who have only passed portions of the test, their scores will expire in January and they will have to start again if they do not complete it by December 2013. For some, this is a minor setback but that is not the case for young undocumented immigrants requesting deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In addition to other requirements, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, be attending school or a qualifying educational program, or have qualifying military service to be eligible for deferred action. It is advised that those individuals who meet the DACA requirements should not wait to complete the exam. Enrolling in a GED preparation course and completing the exam will allow you to apply for DACA relief. Other changes to the test include an increase I the cost to take the exam and a new computerized test (the current one is in paper format). These are more reasons to refrain from waiting to complete the test.
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Nicklaus Misiti is the C.E.O. and Chief Attorney of one of New York City’s most successful immigration law firms, the Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti, PLLC.