William G. Hicks P.A.
Phone: 407 - 718 - 8046
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Executive Action remains on hold.

July 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog

 

Due to a federal court order, USCIS did not begin to accept requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 2015 as originally planned and has suspended implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. The court’s temporary injunction, issued February 16 2015, does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to  request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the original guidelines.

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 people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously 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 to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents* program, provided they have lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and 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 visa 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

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