Do I qualify for President Obama’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

////Do I qualify for President Obama’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?
On November 20, 2014, President Obama signed an executive action to protect certain types of illegal immigrants from deportation.  Today, I want to talk about one of those groups, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Do I Qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

Here are the requirements: You,

  1. Must have continuously lived in the U. S. since January 1, 2010
  2. Came to the U. S. before you were 16;
  3. Were in U.S. on November 20, 2014, when this program was announced, without legal status (if you had legal status, this program wouldn’t be necessary for you);
  4. Are currently in school, graduated from high school, received a GED, or were a honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed forces (This was a 2012 requirement.  For now we are assuming it will continue); and
  5. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and are not a threat to national security or public safety.

You will also have to complete a background check. You must discuss this with a qualified New Jersey immigration attorney. Before you apply, be certain that you qualify!

If you qualify, you should absolutely apply:

  • Doesn’t’ matter if you were already deported, are in removal proceedings, or if you aren’t on Immigration’s radar.  If you qualify you get the benefits.
  • This is you opportunity to come out of the shadows and start to live a normal life without fear of imminent deportation.  Take this opportunity.  Don’t wait until the Republicans try to stop the program.
  • You can use DACA to get permanent status, and I will discuss that in a later post on Advance Parole.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

How Soon Can I Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

Applications for Deferred action may be submitted 90 days after November 20, 2014 – The date that the immigration measure was announced.  That means that USCIS will be accepting applications on Tuesday February 18, 2015.  Don’t be a victim of fraud!  Speak to a licensed new jersey immigration attorney before you apply.

How Can I Get Started?

While many people and companies offer to help undocumented aliens with their immigration problems, not all of them are authorized to do so. To avoid getting bad advice—or simply getting ripped off—immigrants should seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney. Click the contact link on this page to make an appointment at Andres Mejer Law today, or order a copy of our free guide, 7 Critical Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Immigration Attorney.

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