WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ACTION OF NOVEMBER 20, 2014
- Be ware of scams – the applications and detailed processes for these benefits have not been unveiled yet and anyone, lawyer or not who tries to take your money now to file an application for you is lying
- There will be Deferred Action for the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks. The applications will be available in approximately in 6 months.
- Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years. Applications will be available in approximately 3 months.
- Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. Currently, only spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens are allowed to apply to obtain a provisional waiver if a visa is available.
- Expands the provisional waiver program announced in 2013 by allowing the spouses, sons or daughters of lawful permanent residents and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens to get a waiver if a visa is available. There may be instances when the qualifying relative is not the petitioner.
- There will also be changes affecting U.S. businesses, foreign investors, researchers, inventors and skilled foreign workers.
- To qualify for these benefits you cannot have any serious criminal convictions in the past. If you have ever been arrested/convicted of a crime in the United States, you should consult an attorney to ensure eligibility and to address any risk of being removed.