"Whatever your thoughts are on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many young immigrants are taking advantage of the opportunity to go from illegal to legal residency status. However, some are finding the requirement to show proof of residency since 2007 a little tough. Take for example the story of Jose Muñoz.
Jose came to the US with his parents when he was only one year old. He grew up, went to school and was a big help for his family. When he learned of the opportunity to become a legal resident through the Deferred Action program, he was excited. However, because he had no education or work records showing he had lived in the US since 2007, he thought he was out of luck.
"He met all of the requirements. He had no criminal record, graduated from high school with honors and lived here since the age of 1. But to qualify a person also has to prove continuous residency in the country since June 2007. That proved problematic.
Most can provide high school transcripts, work records, rent receipts, medical records or other documents that provide a paper trail to establish continuous residency, he said. Because Muñoz graduated in 2005 and hadn't worked, he didn't have that documentation for 2007 on. He lived at home and didn't have medical records to back up his residency."
But all was not lost. As it turns out, Jose was an avid gamer, specifically on the Xbox 360. For many years, he had racked up a traceable history through his purchases and communications with other XBox users. All that information was tied to his physical address and other identifiable information.
Via Chung-wei Kerr - Sam