Picking up where New Executive Actions on Immigration: FAQs (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will continue responding to some common questions regarding the new executive actions on immigration.
Q – How many people are expected to apply for the initiatives associated with the new executive actions on immigration?
A – Currently, USCIS officials are not sure how many applications to expect for the new initiatives and programs; however, preliminary estimates have indicated that approximately 4.9 million people in the U.S. may qualify to take advantage of the initiatives associated with the new executive actions on immigration.
What USCIS is telling people who are considering applying for these initiatives, however, is that:
- They should apply if they believe they are eligible.
- USCIS will be making decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Q – Is there a cutoff date for applying?
A – Not at this time. However, although the initiatives do not specifically stipulate cutoff dates for applying, people who are considering applying for these programs are strongly urged to submit their applications as soon as the programs open and USCIS starts accepting applications.
Being ready to apply when USCIS starts accepting applications can ensure that applicants are as close to the “front of the line” as possible, which can be critical to the efficient processing of their application and to them not missing an opportunity to obtain deportation relief through the new executive actions on immigration.
Q – When applying, how long will people have to wait for a decision?
A – USCIS cannot answer this at the current time, as there are a lot of factors that can impact how quickly or slowly applications are processes. That being stated, however, here’s what USCIS is currently stating about application processing times:
- The goal of USCIS is to process any and all immigration applications as expeditiously as possible.
- For applications for the new executive actions on immigration received before the end of 2015, the goal will be to render a decision in these cases before the end of 2016. In other words, USCIS aims to have a one-year turnaround time for making decisions regarding these applications.
- After people have submitted applications for the initiatives associated with the new executive actions on immigration, USCIS will send them a confirmation of receiving the application within 60 days.
For some final important info on the new executive actions on immigration, don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series!
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