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Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On February 18th, Immigration will be accepting applications for the expanded DACA. You qualify for this by meeting the following requirements.

  1. You entered the United States before your 16th birthday and before January 1, 2010,
  2. You have no felonies or significant misdemeanors,
  3. Graduated or are attending high school or completed a GED program, and
  4. You were born before June 15, 1981.

If you think you meet these requirements, come see me immediately so we can begin the process.

Please note that the DAPA program (parents of U.S. citizen or resident children) does not start until the end of May. The funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to end February 27th. If no bill passes through Congress, the Department of Homeland Security effectively shuts down. It does not mean that they will not exist. Employees that are deemed essential will keep working, but the feeling is that with a surge in applications, the Department will be overwhelmed. Congress could also pass an extension of funding for a period of time until something can be worked out. The deadline for the funding is fast approaching. I will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates.

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Obama Executive-Expanded Deferred Action

Here is the latest update on the Obama Executive. There are two new programs that he is offering that will affect the most people. He has expanded his deferred action program that he started in 2012. He is also allowing parents of U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Residents an opportunity for employment authorization and not being deported based on being illegal. I must emphasize that this is not legal permanent residency or citizenship. If one of the two following circumstances applies to you please contact my office immediately:

Expanded Deferred Action:

  1. You entered the United States before you 16th birthday and before January 1, 2010;
  2. You have no felonies or significant misdemeanors;
  3. Graduated or attending high school or completed a GED program;
  4. You were born before June 15, 1981.

Parents of U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Residents

  1. You entered the United States before January 1, 2010;
  2. You have been in the United States for at least 5 years;
  3. You have a U.S. citizenship or Legal Permanent Resident child; and
  4. You have no felonies or significant misdemeanors.

The Expanded Deferred Action is expected to begin at the end of February or March. Parents of U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident children are expected to begin in late May to June. Please come see me so I can determine your eligibility for these programs. It is a free initial consultation.