What is Executive Action?
What you need to know.
President Obama’s new Executive Action plan will provide U.S. immigration options for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. This new program is called “Immigration Accountability.” The three elements of the program are:
- Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border.
- Deporting Felons, Not Families.
- Accountability – Criminal Background Checks and Taxes.
The President has instructed the Department of Justice to reprioritize the Immigration Court system. Secured communities is now obsolete and will be replaced by another program that promises to be less arbitrary. The I-601-A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver will be extended to lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
The two most noteworthy changes of President’s Obama Executive Action Immigration Accountability plan are the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and expanding Deferred Action to parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will no longer have an age gap. It will now apply to all otherwise eligible immigrants who entered the United States:
- Before turning sixteen years old AND
- Entered the United States before January 1, 2010
The original DACA program’s educational requirements still apply.
Expanding Deferred Action
Deferred Action will now apply to undocumented immigrants who have a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen child as of November 20, 2014. Deferred Action recipients will be eligible for work authorization, and deferred action will be valid for a period of three years.
In order to receive Deferred Action, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter;
- Have continuously resided in the United States before January 1, 2010;
- Be present in the United States on November 20, 2014 and at the time of applying for deferred action;
- Had no lawful status in the United States on November 20, 2014.
If you think that you may be eligible for President Obama’s Executive Action Immigration Accountability plan, contact Amara Immigration Law, LLC today to schedule an Executive Action consultation. Our Boston Immigration Attorney will analyze your immigration case to see if you are eligible for these new immigration options.
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