Executive Action Summary (Nov. 2014)

President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

Last updated NOVEMBER 26, 2014 | Versión en español

On November 20, 2014, the president announced executive actions that his administration will be taking to help fix our dysfunctional immigration system.

Here’s what we know about the new programs:

  • A new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program will allow undocumented people who have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter to apply for work authorization and protection from deportation, if the person has been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.[*] An estimated 4.1 million people should qualify for this program.
  • The existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be expanded and now will cover people who entered the U.S. before their sixteenth birthday and have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. People who were “aged out” of DACA by being older than age 31 on June 15, 2012, are now eligible to apply, regardless of how old they are now. Approximately 300,000 people will be benefit from these changes.
  • Certain spouses and children of lawful permanent residents, as well as adult children of U.S. citizens, applying for lawful permanent resident (“green card”) status through a consulate abroad, may be able to get advance approval before leaving the U.S. through a waiver process. Spouses of U.S. citizens are currently able to use this process.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Even if you are eligible for these programs, you cannot apply for them yet! The government expects that it will start accepting applications within three months from now for those eligible for expanded DACA, and within six months from now for those eligible for DAPA.
  • Do not take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact only a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advice about your case. If you encounter notario fraud, report it!
  • If you know someone who is in immigration detention and is eligible for one of these programs, advise them to identify themselves to their case officer, or the ICE Information Line at 888-351-4024, and explain that they are eligible for one of these new programs.
  • If you believe you are eligible, begin preparing now by gathering documents that prove:
    • that you were in the U.S. on November 20, 2014,
    • that you have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, and
    • that you have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter.

(Read our Top Ten Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration.)

  • Stay informed and sign up at www.nilc.org/relief to receive updates. As we find out about webinars, we’ll share them with you. We’ll also share materials and information about new developments. To receive these updates by email, subscribe to our Immigration Issues email list.

[*] When it first announced this program in November 2014, the Obama administration called it “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.”

WARNING:
Protect Yourself and Others Against Notario Fraud

Do NOT take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant.

Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advice about your case.

A directory of legal service providers in your area is available at www.immigrationlawhelp.org. For more information on notario fraud, go to www.stopnotariofraud.org.