New Executive Order for Immigration Policy
If you or a loved one have been living in the country illegally for years, new executive orders now allow you to avoid deportation and establish legal residency. On November 20, 2014, President Obama signed several executive orders in an attempt to curb illegal immigration at the border. One of the first changes made was the prioritizing of the deportation of felons before non-criminals. Along with this change came the requirement for certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
Additional incentives include:
- Expanding the eligible age for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to people of any current age who entered the U.S. before the age of 16. They must provide proof that they have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 2010.
- Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years. They must provide proof that they have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 2010, and pass required background checks.
- Improving immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs to create jobs.
- Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents.
- Providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay application fees.
How Does This Executive Order Affect You?
This is good news for people who have been living and working illegally in the U.S. for years. Many have established a life for themselves in the U.S. with their families. People who have lived illegally now have the option to live and work without the fear of deportation. If you are in this situation, it is now time to “get right with the law”, as President Obama said.
The Law Offices of Rios & Parada, P.L.L.C., are more than happy to help anyone seeking to change their status under the new laws. We can help you determine if you meet the criteria, as well as help you get the legal process off the ground. You do not have to live in fear any longer- contact our offices today. Hablamos español.