On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he would use his Executive Powers to pass a package of immigration reforms that could potentially help approximately 4 million people. Among the reforms he would take would be to increase border security, implement a deferred action program for certain individuals, and make improvements to the adjudication of business and family-based applications including expanding the reach of the provisional waiver, improving the visa application process, and promoting citizenship. Some of the provisions are for:
- Deferred Action For Childhood Arrival (DACA)
- Deferred Action For Parents of Americans (DAPA)
It is most important to note that there have been no established guidelines for the proposed reforms because of the possibility of immigration scams. Any guarantee or promise by any immigration practitioner under this new reform should be treated with some level of skepticism. Attorneys and non-attorneys alike that promise eligibility under this new law are most likely not telling the truth. Beware of such promises as you may become a victim of fraud! If you want the most recent updates on this new Executive Action, visit www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction, or speak to a knowledgeable immigration attorney that can keep you abreast of any new information.
In the meantime however, USCIS recommends that if you believe you qualify for any of the actions, that you start collecting any identity documents such as a birth certificate, proof of relationship with any U.S. citizen or residents, and proof of continuous residence in the U.S. for the past five years. These are exciting times – but be patient for more certain procedures before moving forward with a knowledgeable professional.