President Obama recently announced executive actions which promise to dramatically impact the legal situation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. None of these complex legal changes to the immigration law have gone into effect, but Berd & Klauss, PLLC, New York City’s premier immigration lawyers, believe you should stay informed of these actions and learn how they could affect you.
Some of the initiatives include:
- Opening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program available to people who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and arrived before January 1, 2010.
- Creating a Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, which would allow parents of U.S. citizens who arrived in the U.S. before January, 2010 to apply for deferred action and a three-year employment authorization.
- Making the spouses and children of permanent residents and U.S. citizens eligible for a provisional waiver of unlawful presence.
- Overall improvements to existing immigration programs.
- Promoting citizenship education for resident aliens, and making it easier to pay for the naturalization process.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is already working on implementing these initiatives. Some could take effect in as little as a few months, while others may take a year or more. Visit the USCIS website to read more and see how these executive actions might affect you.
Berd & Klauss, PLLC would like to stress that the government is not currently accepting applications for any of these programs, so beware of anyone offering to help you apply. To learn more about executive actions and for the most current information about, contact the respected immigration attorneys at Berd & Klauss, PLLC, either online or by calling (212) 461-7152.