Monthly Archives: November 2014

What can you do now to prepare for DAPA/DACA?

Finally, President Obama’s long-awaited executive action on immigration was announced on November 20, 2014.

Among others, these executive actions expand the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years. Previously, only those who entered the country before June 15, 2007 were eligible to apply. This move expects to benefit approximately 270,000 individuals in the country.

But the more far-reaching impact of the executive action pertain to the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program. They will benefit parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010. Based on estimates, this could directly affect 5 million illegal immigrants in the country.  They can request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, provided they pass required background checks

It is important to point out that these initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Let us be careful of unauthorized persons who claim that they can now file for you or your family members for a fee.

There are, however, some things that you can already do from your end, including gathering documents that establish your identity, your relationship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and your continuous residence in the United States over the last 5 years or more. If you have a criminal history, you should start gathering police reports and court records to make sure the criminal history is not a hindrance to the deferred action.

For more information, go to www.vcalderonlaw.com.

Source: USCIS website; www.immigration.policy.org, “A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action”

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Will Obama issue executive action on immigration?

For many years, Congress had been debating about how to tackle the broken system of immigration in the United States. President Obama had promised to act using his executive powers to tackle immigration reform. This move is expected to anger Republican lawmakers, who say that a unilateral action on immigration could ruin bipartisan cooperation in Congress, and even threaten a government shutdown.

According to the New York Times, Obama’s plans to announce an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy through executive action could shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Until the actual proposed measures are announced, we do not exactly know who will be benefited from the measure, and what the criteria are to get these benefits.

However, lawyers, immigration reform activists, community groups, churches, schools and many other organizations are getting ready to help the millions of individuals who could possibly benefit from the proposed executive action.  If you or your loved ones believe that you will be benefited from the proposed executive action on immigration reform, seek the right kind of help only from reputable immigration attorneys.

Please contact us at 702-932-7656 or go to http://www.vcalderonlaw.com for more information.

Sources: NBC News; Reuters; New York Times

Work Permits under DACA

As a lot of people know, in June 2012, the Department of Homeland Security issued a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

It directs that certain young people who do not present a risk to national security or public safety and meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for 2 years, subject to renewal, and to apply for a work authorization.

In fact, those who were granted relief and work permits under DACA in 2012 are probably now up for renewal of their initial 2-year grant. The application for renewal must be filed 120 days before the expiration of the initial grant.

If you qualify for DACA, you can obtain a work permit if you can show an economic necessity for employment. We usually file the work permit application together with the DACA application.

The question is, are you eligible to apply under the program? Under the DACA rules, only individuals who meet certain criteria, like the date when they arrived in the US, continuous residence, education, and moral character requirement, can qualify.

Please share your specific situation with a reputable lawyer who will evaluate your case and guide you through the DACA process. Go to http://www.vcalderonlaw.com for more information.