In November 2014, new executive actions on immigration were issued by President Barack Obama in an effort to crack down on illegal immigration while providing some options for deportation relief for certain people. These new executive actions include the following initiatives:
- Opening up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – This initiative will allow young people who arrived in the U.S. prior to their 16th birthdays and who have been in the U.S. Since January 1, 2010 to be eligible for the DACA program. Additionally, this initiative will extend the period of DACA and work authorization from 2 to 3 years.
- Establishing a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program (DAPA) – DAPA would allow the parents of U.S. citizens (and lawful permanent residents) who have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 to make requests for deferred action and obtain work authorization for 3 years (subject to passing background checks).
- Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence – This would allow the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents, as well as the children of U.S. citizens, to be eligible for these provisional waivers.
- Improving current immigration programs – While this will involve clarifying and modernizing such programs in the U.S., it will also focus on creating new jobs and having these new immigration programs help promote U.S. economic growth.
- Promoting public awareness regarding citizenship and allowing the people applying for naturalization in the U.S. to use credit cards to pay for their application fees.
New Executive Actions on Immigration: What Happens Next…
Following the announcement of the new executive actions on immigration, it’s now up to officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to start developing protocols, directions, forms and information for the public regarding the initiatives described above. Currently, USCIS officials are advising people to:
- Beware of immigration scams that promise to help them apply for any of these programs now, as it will be at least a few months before these programs are up and running (in other words, these programs will not be accepting applications until mid- to late-February 2015 at the very soonest).
- Start preparing documents related to their applications now. Such documents can include those that establish people’s identities, their relationships to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and/or their continuous residence in the U.S. over the past 5 years or more.
If you will be applying for one of the initiatives associated with the new executive actions on immigration and have questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles immigration lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group.
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