President Obama’s Actions on Immigration
The President, in a speech to the nation on November 20, announced executive action proposed to crack down on illegal immigration and deportation of felons not families. Certain undocumented immigrants may be required to pass a criminal background test and pay taxes which would permit them to stay in the United States.
The initiatives included in this executive action are:
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to be expanded to include children who have been living in the US before reaching the age of 16 and have been here since January 1, 2010. The period granting permission to work to be extended to three years instead of two..
In a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, the parents of US citizens and permanent residents who have lived in the country since January 2, 2010 can request permission to work for three years as long as they pass the required background checks.
To improve and modernize programs for immigrants and nonimmigrants which would result in job creation and economy growth, by promoting citizenship education for lawful permanent residents.
Provisional waivers of unlawful presence would be expanded to include the children and spouses of permanent residents and the children of US citizens. Naturalization applicants would also have the option of using credit cards to pay their application fees.
USCIS has stressed that these initiatives have not yet been implemented, nor will they be accepting any applications at present. Do not accept assistance from anyone who offers help to submit an application before this is officially available.
Alwaysconsult with anexperienced immigration attorney who is licensed and accredited in the United States of America.
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