Executive Actions on Immigration
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his executive actions to implement immigration reliefs to certain undocumented immigrants. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), these initiatives include:
1. Expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.
2. A new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program to allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years.
3. Expanding the use of provision 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.
4. Modernize, improve and clarify immigration and nonimmigrant programs.
5. Providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the application fee
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USICS has issued an advisory notice that the above initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or application at this time. Therefore, the public should be cautious of anyone offering to help submit these applications or requests prior to their availability.
In addition, USCIS announced that applications for the expanded DACA program will not be accepted until approximately 90 days after November 20, 2014. Applications for the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program will not be accepted until approximately 180 days after November 20, 2014.
However, individuals who believe that they may qualify for any of the new initiative may began gathering documentation that establishes: (1) their identity; (2) relationship to U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident; and (3) continuous residence in the U.S. over the last five years or more.
For more information please visit http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction