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President Obama Executive Action on Immigration

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On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack
down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and
require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay
taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

These initiatives include:

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.

Allowing 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.

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.

Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow
our economy and create jobs.

Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents
and providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the
application fee.

Important notice: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is
not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who
offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions
before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam.

Next steps

USCIS and other agencies and offices are responsible for implementing these initiatives as
soon as possible. Some initiatives will be implemented over the next several months and
some will take longer.

Over the coming months, USCIS will produce detailed explanations, instructions,
regulations and forms as necessary. The brief summaries provided below offer basic
information about each initiative.

While USCIS is not accepting requests or applications at this time, if you believe you may
be eligible for one of the initiatives listed above, you can prepare by gathering documents
that establish your:
1. Identity;
2. Relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident; and
3. Continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or more.

AILA’s 8 Points on the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions

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Based on a briefing today at the White House, the following elements are expected to be part of the Administration’s announcement on immigration executive actions, also known as the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions. Our understanding is that details (and memos) are still being finalized, and will be released in the coming hours, days, weeks,…Continue Reading

A Guide to H.R. 15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

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Washington D.C. – Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases A Guide to H.R. 15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. On October 2, 2013, Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed an immigration reform bill addressing border security, legalization of the undocumented, interior enforcement of immigration laws, and fixes for our dysfunctional…Continue Reading

New Information on DOS Transition to Electronic DS-260

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On September 3, 2013, the Department of State will transition to an online immigrant visa application. Immigrant visa applicants will apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration). Applicants will choose their agent online using Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Applicants will access both forms on the web at…Continue Reading

CBP to Rollout New Arrival/Departure-Record Process for Foreign Visitors

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Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S.—only via air or sea—who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013. When the electronic rollout begins April 30, CBP will…Continue Reading

How Many Photos Are Needed When Filing Application for Adjustment of Status

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USCIS clarified the photo requirements for the filing of the adjustment of status and its ancillary benefits in a teleconference with AILA Liaison on February 27, 2013 : The adjustment of status applications should include six photos in total per applicant, if all three forms listed below are filed: Two for the I-485 Application to…Continue Reading

NEW I-601 WAIVER PROCESS WILL BE EFFECTIVE ON MARCH 4 2013

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The…Continue Reading

Be Prepared for the Deferred Action for DREAMERS

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Undocumented youth will learn this week the detailed guidelines to apply for the deferred action for DREAMERs. The application is set to be available Aug. 15, but there are things you can be doing already. Wait patiently. USCIS hasn’t been released the application, yet some people have been promising undocumented youth to help them begin the application process…Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law; Racial Profiling Provision Upheld for Now

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Supreme Court on Monday stroke down 3 out of 4 provisions of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, but upheld the provision that requires local police to check the immigration status of anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in the U.S. unlawfully. “This ruling is, on balance, encouraging, particularly because the court kept the door…Continue Reading