In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, a policy that provides work permits and protection from deportation for young people who were brought to the U.S. as children without papers.
This executive order was a huge success for immigration law, and the President is about to announce another big push for immigration reform tomorrow night.
According to CNN, President Barack Obama’s plan to take the immigration system in his own hands is a daring test of the limits of presidential power, as he will be taking action without the approval of Congress.
However, because we do not know the full extent of what the President plans to announce nor the scope of the administrative relief, it is important to begin preparing for this huge event in immigration law.
1. Get your U.S. documents in order
Start pulling together all documents that prove how long you have lived in the U.S. This can include things such as your U.S. identification card, driver’s license, financial records or bank statements, schooling records, property records such as deeds, marriage certificate, divorce decree, employment records, medical records, and/or any other document that show your name, U.S. address, and the date.
2. Get your foreign document in order
These documents are just as important as the U.S. documents you have. If you do not already have your foreign documents ready and translated, contact your consulate and obtain copies of your birth certificate, passport, and/or consular ID.
3. Keep up-to-date on any changes and remain informed
A lot of changes are happening in the next few weeks as the executive order goes into affect, so you need to be sure to keep up-to-date on all the new changes. We will post updates and guidelines to our blog as soon as we receive them.
4. Get a lawyer
If you believe that you or someone you know qualifies for this new immigration law, start looking for a lawyer to represent you. Once the executive order goes into affect, there will be many who try to flock to your aid and prey on the immigrant community when they can be of no help.
Remember: Now is NOT the time to apply for anything, so if anyone is telling you to pay for any applications, they are scamming you.
Be aware of any people trying to scam you and obtain a reputable lawyer to help you with your case.
5. Prepare for the cost
Most immigration applications require a fee to apply. Since we do not know the scope of the announcement, nor the law, it is important to start saving for the cost now, instead of being bombarded by the stress when the time actually comes to apply or obtain a lawyer.
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Disclaimer: Nothing in relation to the enclosed information should be construed and or considered as legal advice for any individual, entity, case, or situation. The following information is prepared for advertisement use only. The information is intended ONLY to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For legal advice on your specific situation, we encourage you to consult an attorney experienced in the area of Immigration Law.