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DACA and Green Card options

Hello all,

I’m looking for some insight on possibly becoming a LPR as a DACA recipient via either 1) Adult adoptee or 2) Family relatives as F1 category. I feel the immigration wording on the USCIS website can be very vague, making it confusing at times. So here I am looking for some explanation/advice. I am aware that I’ll eventually need to get a lawyer. Here are my circumstances:

  1. Mexican citizen with DACA. I received it when I was 22 (2013), so I recruited some unlawful presence since I turned 18 (2009).

  2. I applied for advanced parole when I was 25 (2016) and it was granted. I was able to travel abroad and come back legally to have a proper inspection through a port of entry. I have an entry stamp.

  3. I was adopted by a US citizen at 29 (2020) with no intention of fixing my immigration status. It was out of pure affection as he raised me since I was 15. I’ve lived with my now father for over 10 years at the same address, which I’m now in the mortgage — makes me a homeowner.

  4. My original birth certificate from Mexico has now my adoptive father’s name in it — it had to be recognized in my country first in order to change my last name to his here in the US.

  5. I have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

  6. I have 8 years total of legal work experience (since I got DACA); 5 years of experience in my field related to my degree. Currently employed full time.

  7. Debt free and paid taxes every year.

  8. No criminal record. Only 2 speeding tickets over 7 years ago.

So the question becomes, is there a possibility in obtaining a Green Card? I think through adoption is not possible because I was adopted after I was 16/18 (?). However, that still makes me an unmarried, over 21 daughter of a US citizen, given that my original birth certificate has now my adoptive father’s name, plus all the proof that it’s legitimate and witnesses.

Like I said, the USCIS website wording can be confusing, and I’ll consult a lawyer, but any first hand experience or have any insight from here will be greatly appreciated.

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