Is Deferred Action your only option for legal status in the U.S.?

////Is Deferred Action your only option for legal status in the U.S.?
For the last two years we have given in excess of fifty information sessions on that discussed President’s Obama’s Deferred Action.  In public and private discussions with potential applicants, we have found that many qualify for separate programs that provide more extensive benefits.Here is a recent example.  A man came to my office with three young children, ages 15 (in September 2012), 14, and 8.  All three were born outside the U.S.  In conversation, I asked about their mother.  He was hesitant at first, but ultimately admitted that their mother brought them to the U.S. without permission seven years ago. While he was shopping with the kids, they returned home to find a note. She took a flight back to her country and left her kids with the father.  He has been a single father ever since.  That is a heart breaking story.  I can’t imagine what those kids thought when there mom walked out on them.  They were only 8, 7, and 1 year old.  As it turns out, all three will likely qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile status.  It is a complicated process, but at the end all three will achieve lawful permanent status.  That is significantly better than a temporary program for only the eldest of the three children.

Immigrants live in fear of discovery and deportation.  President’s Obama’s program has given them an opportunity to overcome their fear and seek help.  The key is to speak with an experienced immigration attorney and determine the best method of obtaining legal status.  Here are some other examples I have discovered in meeting with these immigrants:

  • Victims of serious crime and persecution who may qualify for Asylum or a U-Visa within the U.S.
  • A child of a naturalized U.S. citizen who did not know that as a minor he automatically became a U.S. citizen when his father naturalized.
  • After a successful Post-Conviction Relief application to overturn a wrongful conviction based on lack of legal representation or the presence of a translator, will now be able to apply for Deferred Action.
  • An immigrant who left her abusive U.S. citizen husband and thought she lost her opportunity for legal residence, can now get it through the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA).
  • An immigrant married to a U.S. citizen that didn’t think could get a green card because of their illegal entry can file for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver.
  • An immigrant in the U.S. for over 10 years with a U.S. child with medical problems could qualify for Cancellation of Removal.

An experienced immigration attorney has the knowledge and practice that a notario does not have. A notario cannot only take your money, but can land you in jail with his or her bad advice.  No one can force you to meet with an attorney, but are you really going to risk your future without even verifying your options?

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