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February 3

USCIS to Expand DACA

USCIS will begin accepting requests for expanded DACA Beginning February 18, 2015

Back on November 20 of last year, President Obama announced a multiple executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border. This was targeted to the prioritization of deporting felons not families. Furthermore, it would require many undocumented immigrants to pass criminal background checks as well as paying their taxes in order to stay in the US temporarily and avoid deportation.

Obama’s new initiative will increase the amount of undocumented immigrants eligible for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This will extend to people regardless of age who entered the United States before turning 16 years old while living in the United States since January 1, 2010. This initiative will also be extending the period of work authorization and DACA from two years to three years.

USCIS has informed us they will begin to accept the requests for expanded DACA on February 18, 2015.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
Who Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA
What Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA if you

  • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
  • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
  • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.
When February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date.)
How Contact an experienced attorney at Benavides & Serrano PPLC for assistance.

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