I am not in the U.S. legally, but I want to apply to stay here legally in the future. Are there things I can do now to help my chances of getting legal status later on?
If you are in the U.S. without permission, you are breaking the U.S. immigration laws. You are at risk of being arrested by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), and being deported. If you are not here legally, but hope to try to get legal status someday, there are things you can do that may help your chance of getting legal status in the future.