Executive action on immigration happened on Thursday November 21st, 2014, President Barack Obama announced during a prime-time address, various forms of Action on Immigration through his Executive Power. It is important to highlight that the President has directed United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to implement his orders but it would take them around 90 days to define the new forms, procedures and guidelines needed for the new laws. Here is everything that you need to know:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA )
Those seeking to renew their DACA or apply for the first time will not longer have to be born after June 15, 1981. In other words, there is no longer an upper age limit for early childhood arrivals.
Deferred Action and Work Authorization will be valid for three years.
Applicants must demonstrate continuous presence in the U.S since January 1, 2010 not June 15, 2007 like before.
All of the other criteria required for DACA must be met still (education, clean criminal history).
Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)
This new program allows undocumented individuals already living in the United States and are parents of American Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents apply for DAPA if they meet these guidelines.
Have continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010.
Are the parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014.
Are not an enforcement priority for removal from the United States, as described in the Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum.
Must pass a background check and provide proof of continuous presence in the U.S since January 1, 2010.
In 2013 the President announced a provisional waiver allowing spouses and minor children of U.S Citizens obtain waivers if visas were available. Now, the spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents and any children of U.S Citizens may also get a waiver if a visa is available.
There are other minor improvements to the bureaucratic processes within Immigration Services that have been ordered by the President. Notably, Lawful Permanent Resident may now pay the fee to apply to become an U.S Citizen by using a Credit Card. As always, the Shirazi Law Group, INC is here to serve you with any of your immigration legal needs including, Deportations, Stay of Removal, Prosecutorial Discretion, Cancellation of Removal Proceedings, Asylum, Refuge, Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residence Card, Employment Authorization (work permit), U-Visas and much more.
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