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DACA (Obama Deferred Action) Applications will be Available Today

In a press conference today, Director Mayorkas stated that the forms to be used in applying for DACA will be available on the USCIS website on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The Form I-821D, along with the Form I-765 and the Form I-765WS will be required as part of the filing. The Form I-821D is the form to be used for actual deferred action status. The Form I-765 and Form I-765WS are the forms needed to applying for working permission and in showing the economic need to work. The Forms and supporting documentation will be accepted starting on Wednesay, August 15, 2012. There is NO deadline in filing. So, there is no rush to be the first to get a DACA Application in on the first day. It is best to take your time and make sure the forms are completed accurately and completely.
Some good news in today's application is that to qualify for the education requirements, being "currently enrolled" also includes an education, literacy, or vocational training schools, and educ…

TPS, Advance Parole and Adjustment of Status--The New Options.

In a recent case, the Board of Immigration Appeals opened up an entire new area for individuals who have until now found themselves ineligible to obtain permanent residence without leaving the United States, or going through a complicated and unpredictable waiver process.

In Matter of Arrabally and Yerrabelly, 25 I&N Dec. 771 (BIA 2012), the Board of Immigration ruled that an individual who came into the US illegally but who is now on an adjustment of status applicant, who obtains a travel documents (advance parole) through USCIS and then leaves the US and reenters on that Advance parole, is eligible to adjust status IN the US (with an available immigrant visa), and is NOT subject to the 10 year bar waiver typically associated with his departure after having been illegally in the US for longer than 1 year. This is an AMAZING development and unexpected good news for several hundred thousand people. TPS status holders are eligible for the same type of advance parole document.��…

Do You Need an Attorney to Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

One of the most common questions asked since June 15th when President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is, "Do I need an immigration attorney to help me apply?"Many respected voices in the immigrant community are saying that the application process and form will be so simple that people won’t need an attorney to apply.Others are saying that too little is known about the program and it is not yet time to consult with an attorney.We disagree.Before explaining why the help of a competent attorney is so important, we share the concern that many have had since DACA was announced.We have learned from history the sad lesson that immigrants are vulnerable to being exploited and harmed by dishonest and self-serving individuals such as notarios, consultants, and even attorneys.Unsuspecting immigrants are scammed out of their hard-earned money by those who do not follow through with their promises or, worse yet, who "help" them apply for benefits …

Obama Deferred Action ("DACA") Details Released!

Today, August 3, 2012, USCIS announced that it would be providing the Form necessary, or the exact details of the "DACA" (yes, a terrible acronym for the Obama Deferred Action process) Plan until the day the application period begins, August 15, 2012. Nothing like allowing folks to prepare in Advance!!
Here is what we know from today:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is finalizing a process by which potentially eligible individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process available on August 15, 2012. USCIS will then immediately begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Information shared during today’s call includes the following highlights:

Requestors – those in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceed…

The Obama Deferred Action Plan--NO Announcement today

To update all of our friends waiting anxiously for the promised announcement from the Obama Administration about how and when to submit applications under the deferred action program (called DACA by the Obama folks). It appears that there will be no announcement today. In the interim, watch our blog for the next announcement about the application process--as soon as we know what it is!