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The Dream Act – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Is this complicated? Could I end up in removal proceedings if I apply? Will my family end up in removal proceedings? Will a filing under the new program disqualify me from a green card through my pending family based petition? How long will it take for me to get my work permit? These are but a few of the dozens of questions raised by clients in the weeks immediately following the unveiling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Most recently, on August 14, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the actual forms and filing instruction details, including news that as of August 15, DHS would start receiving applications. All the while an excited public remains understandably confused and scared about what they are getting into. Although one might be tempted to answer the first question above with a “no”, the existence of the questions that follow speak to the fact that the program is as gray, as it is black and white. Its of course not to say folks should stay away from this program and not file. On the contrary, most eligible applicants may feel it worth whatever risk is at play since they stand to exponentially improve the quality of their lives and professional/educational opportunities with the issuance of an employment authorization document. Read more.

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On Hold New Executive Order Granting Expanded Immigration Benefits Now Awaits the Outcome of a Court Fight (February 20, 2015) Applicants for Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Benefits Can File Starting February 18, 2015 (February 3, 2015) Obama Takes Foot Off Accelerator on Immigration (September 10, 2014) Immigration Drama Likely to Ignite by End of Summer (June 1, 2014) UPDATE:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (March 25, 2014) As We Await Passage of a Legalization Measure, DREAM ACT / Deferred Action Applicants Continue to File, Some Schedule for Interview (May 10, 2013) Approvals Continue for DREAMERS:  Deferred Action / Employment Authorization Processing for DREAM ACT Applicants (February 19, 2013) Approvals Continue for DREAMERS:  Deferred Action / Employment Authorization Processing for DREAM ACT Applicants (December 14, 2012) Deferred Action and Employment Authorizations Continue to be Approved for “Dreamers” (December 1, 2012) Obama Victory = Comprehensive Immigration Reform? (November 12, 2012) Romney Says He’ll Mess with DACA, But Not DACA Applicants (October 23, 2012) DACA Applicants (For DREAMERS) are Getting Approved! (October 23, 2012) More than 80,000 Applications Received Under Obama’s New DACA Program (September 17, 2012) Excitement and Confusion Reign as Obama’s Deferred Action Program is Implemented (August 16, 2012) Information Trickling in for Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” Program (August 6, 2012)      

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