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4026058USCIS released the information on the DACA Renewal Process.  For example, you can file to renew your DACA 5 months before it expires. It is very important not to let your DACA lapse or you could be without employment authorization.

Additionally, the USCIS filing fee is the same as the initial filing ($465).  

Please contact us or call or email to discuss your eligibility for DACA, including the anticipated renewal process. While renewal applications cannot be filed more than 5 months before your DACA expires, we recommend preparing ahead of time so that your application can be submitted as soon as you reach 5 months before expiration.  

Remember that you can still file for DACA if you have not filed before. 

Stay tuned for more information or check out the USCIS release: USCIS: DACA Renewal Process.


6355563Deferred Action Renewal Information for some DACA Recipients has been released. 

Those who received DACA from ICE while they were in immigration detention now have a process to renew. For the majority of DACA recipients, the renewal info has not been finalized, but this gives us some idea of what it will look like. For example, the fee is likely to be the same. And those who were in school when they filed, need to stay in school or graduate. Those in GED classes need to continue or obtain their GED. Again this is our opinion, but we are likely to receive the DACA renewal process for all recipients soon. Stay tuned! 
For more info on ICE issued DACA, see the guidance from USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/ice-granted-daca-renewal-guidance
 

Scholarship available for DREAMers

 

 

 

9605121Alabama offers Driver Licenses to DACA recipients. Here's the info on how you can apply for a drivers license.

Click here for info on getting a driver license in Alabama.

 

7445366There are several requirements for Deferred Action recipients to obtain a Social Security Card. Click here for more info.

Click here for info on obtaining a Social Security Card.

 

7717503Obama administration to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants

 
 June 16, 2012
Washington (CNN) -- In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty -- a negative buzz word among conservatives -- and usurps congressional authority.

Those who might benefit from the change expressed joy and relief, with celebratory demonstrations forming outside the White House and elsewhere.

Pedro Ramirez, a student who has campaigned for such a move, said he was "definitely speechless," then added: "It's great news."

In a Rose Garden address Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama said the changes caused by his executive order will make immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just."

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," Obama said to take on conservative criticism of the step. "This is a temporary stopgap measure."

Noting children of illegal immigrants "study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag," Obama said, "it makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans."

When a reporter interrupted Obama with a hostile question, the president admonished him and declared that the policy change is "the right thing to do."

Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military can get a two-year deferral from deportation, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, Napolitano said, adding that participants must be in the United States now and be able to prove they have been living in the country continuously for at least five years.

The change is part of a department effort to target resources at illegal immigrants who pose a greater threat, such as criminals and those trying to enter the country now, Napolitano said, adding it was "well within the framework of existing laws."

The move addresses a major concern of the Hispanic community and mimics some of the provisions of a Democratic proposal called the DREAM Act that has failed to win enough Republican support to gain congressional approval.

Obama has been criticized by Hispanic-American leaders for an overall increase in deportations of illegal aliens in recent years. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed 396,906 illegal immigrants, the largest number in the agency's history.

Friday's policy change is expected to potentially affect 800,000 people, an administration official told CNN on background.

Both Obama and Napolitano called for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would put into law similar steps for children of illegal immigrants to continue living and working in the country.

"I've been dealing with immigration enforcement for 20 years and the plain fact of the matter is that the law that we're working under doesn't match the economic needs of the country today and the law enforcement needs of the country today," Napolitano told CNN. "But as someone who is charged with enforcing the immigration system, we're setting good, strong, sensible priorities, and again these young people really are not the individuals that the immigration removal process was designed to focus upon."

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The Latest on the Executive Action

By Jim Avila, ABC News
In a rare primetime nationally televised address, President Obama tonight will unveil the most sweeping executive action on immigration in decades. He plans to circumvent Congress and extend legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, boost visas for valuable high-skilled workers, and strengthen security along the Southwest border.

"Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken, unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long," Obama said in a video message posted to Facebook.

Who gets relief, and who doesn’t, under Obama's plan? How will immigration enforcement change inside the country and along the border? And what will the immediate impact be on families, businesses and communities? Here's everything you need to know:

The Announcement
President Obama will speak live at 8 p.m. ET from the East Room of the White House. On Friday, he will travel to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas to further detail his plans and rally supporters. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will also attend, officials said. The school is the same place where Obama announced a second-term push for immigration reform in Jan. 2013.

The Action
The White House says Obama will “maximize the use of his authority" to extend temporary legal status to more than 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Who Gets Relief?

  • 4.1 million undocumented parents and families of U.S. citizens who have been in country more than 5 years with no criminal record.
  • 300,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, so-called Dreamers, will be newly eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Current age limits for the program will be dropped, sources say.
  • 400,000 highly-skilled workers will be eligible for visas.
  • Some other smaller categories for relief will bring the number affected above 5 million.


Stay tuned for more information or see the ABC News article: Everything you need to know about Obama's Immigration Announcement.


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