The President’s Immigration Announcement
UNFORTUNATELY THIS PROGRAM IS ON HOLD WHILE LITIGATION IS PENDING IN THE 5TH CIRCUIT COURT
Do you qualify for Expanded Deferred Action?
Finally we have news that Expanded DACA applications will likely be accepted by USCIS (Immigration) on February 18, 2015.
Do you qualify for Expanded DACA?
These are the requirements:
++Consult with a lawyer before filing if you have a criminal record. We have seen USCIS accept an expunged DUI, an expunged domestic violence offense: both were misdemeanors. Generally, a dui or domestic violence offense will likely disqualify you. Please seek the advice of a lawyer.
Fee: $465 made payable to USCIS or Department of Homeland Security
What does Expanded DACA give you?
Once approved for Expanded DACA, you will have a work permit that is valid for 3 years. You will be able to obtain a valid social security number and you should be able to obtain a state driver’s license (if you meet all DMV requirements).
Will the work permit be renewable after 3 years?
At this time, we do not know. It depends on who will be elected President in 2016 and whether Congress takes up this issue in the next 3 years to make an actual change in law.
What if I have a dui on my record?
If you have any criminal conviction, you should seek the advice of any attorney before filing documents with USCIS (Immigration) to avoid deportation/removal.
(If you come to our office for an appointment regarding DACA or DAPA, please bring these documents with you. If you don’t have the documents for the first consultation, that is okay).
(Note: We have had USCIS accept monthly bank statements from date of required presence to present as proof of presence. It’s not just one document that USCIS wants to see – you need as much proof for each month that you have been in the USA since Jan. 2010)