Why should undocumented immigrant parents apply for deferred action?

////Why should undocumented immigrant parents apply for deferred action?
In November 2014, President Obama signed an executive action to protect certain types of illegal immigrants from deportation. One of the biggest groups who will benefit is the parents of citizens—or green card holders—who have been in the country for more than five years.

Here are the main benefits that parents of legal citizens should consider when applying for deferred action:

  • Immigrants who are eligible for deferment can request temporary relief from deportation, as well as be granted the ability to work legally in the United States, as long as they are not considered a threat to national security.
  • Deferred action reduces the long period of separation between immigrants who are waiting on their green cards and their family members.
  • Immediate relatives of lawful permanent residents can apply to get a waiver as part of their deferred status if a visa is available.
  • If accepted, deferred immigrants will be able to pay their U.S. taxes.

How Soon Can I Apply for Deferred Action for Parents?

Applications for Deferred Action for Parents may be submitted 180 days after November 20, 2014  – The date that the immigration measure was announced – so not before Tuesday May 19, 2015.

Is There a Cutoff Date Where I Will No Longer Be Eligible?

This measure does not currently name any deadlines for applications or eligibility. However, USCIS will likely be flooded with requests in the coming months, so it is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.

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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