Executive action on immigration: Deferred Action

PLEASE NOTE:  These orders have been temporarily stopped by an injunction issued by Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas.  The Obama Administration is working cancel that order, using a process known as an appeal.  Do not be a victim of fraud!

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from 2012 is still valid and has not been affected.  Contact us with any questions you have, we are here to help.  (909)55-HELP-U.  (909)554-3578.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order which created new immigration policies.  Deferred action will provide individuals with work permits and relief from deportation.  There are two types of deferred action, Deferred action for childhood arrivals and
Deferred action for parental accountability

Changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • DACA provides relief from deportation and gives a work authorization.  DACA work authorizations will last three years with the changes, instead of two.  
  • Were you “too old” to apply for DACA?
    • Before, DACA only applied to individuals born prior to June 15, 1981.  The executive order removed the age restriction and you can apply even if you were born before June 15, 1981. 
  • Did you arrive “too late” to apply for DACA?
    • Before, DACA required continuous residence in the United States since June 15, 2007.  The executive order changed this to require continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010.
  • Other requirements:
    • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
    • Education:  Are currently in school, have a high school diploma, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
    • Criminal History:  Have not been convicted of a felony, “significant misdemeanor,” or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.  If you have any questions about your criminal history, it is best to have a background check done.  Contact our office for more information.
  • When will these changes come into effect?
    • Applications will be accepted on February 18, 2015.  Contact our office with any questions, and to get a head start on your application.
  • What can you do in the meantime?
    • Collect documents that show you have been present in the U.S.
    • Have your birth certificate translated.  Call our office for help with this
    • Collect criminal records
    • Contact our office to schedule a free consultation
Deferred action for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
Provides relief from deportation and employment authorization for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
  • Requirements:
    • Present in the U.S. without lawful status on November 20, 2014. 
    • Parent of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014. 
    • Have continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010;
    • Are not an enforcement priority for removal from the United States, pursuant to the November 20, 2014, Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum
      • Please contact our office if you have a criminal record or have a record with immigration services.  Even if you have a criminal record, all hope is not lost.  Call our office for help, (909)55-HELP-U.  That's (909)554-3578.  The consultation is free.
  • When will these changes come into effect?
    • It is estimated that they will be implemented in late May of 2015.  Contact our office with any questions, and to join our mailing list for up to date information.
  • What can you do in the meantime?
    • Collect documents that show you have been present in the U.S.
    • Have your birth certificate translated.  Call our office for help with this
    • Collect criminal records
    • Contact our office to schedule a free consultation