- No one can apply yet as of December 29, 2014. People should be able to apply for Expanded DACA around February 18, 2015. People should be able to apply for the new DAPA program around May 19, 2015.
- Not everyone will qualify. Being the parent of a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident child alone is not enough to qualify you for the DAPA program. Being a childhood arrival is not enough to show that you qualify for the DACA program. You must meet other requirements
- Before you apply for any program, get legal help. Talk to someone who is qualified to give you legal advice, such as an immigration attorney
- Submitting the wrong information can ruin your chances of being granted Deferred Action. Make sure all the information and documentation is true and correct. You can start collecting supporting documents now.
- Don’t get scammed. There are notarios and other unscrupulous people who are already trying to take advantage of this news. They will make you promises they can’t deliver on, and could make you a target for deportation. Go to www.stopnotariofraud.org for more information.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has come out with a poster (in English and in Spanish) on five things you need to know about President Obama's Immigration Announcement:
The President's Executive Action included provisions to promote the naturalization process for U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents to become U.S. Citizens. Among the provisions would be allowing for the applicants to pay the application fee by credit card, along with the potential for fee waivers for those who qualify. The government wants to promote citizenship education and public awareness. There are many benefits of U.S. Citizenship. Contact a Partner Attorney with Schneck and Harley to find out more.
By Mark Harley, Schneck & Harley Immigration Law Group, LLP
Note: The author is the immediate past chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a partner in Schneck & Harley Immigration Law Group, LLP. He also served as an Immigration Advisor to a Member of Congress.
The United States Congress has recently taken up the issue of Immigration Reform. Some may recall that this was a hot topic several years ago, and was a key agenda item of former President George W. Bush. However, due to a number of reasons that proposed reform stalled and never became law.
After the elections of 2012, both Democrats and Republicans again turned to the topic of Immigration Reform and it looked like the government was finally going to act. Both parties recognized that the present immigration system is crippled and needs overhauled. The question is how to do so?
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