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U.S. Government Remains Firm on “Deferred Action” Despite Suit to Shut It Down

On Monday of this week, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor held a hearing on a Complaint filed by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (“ICE”) agents who are challenging the federal “deferred action” program...more

Undocumented Immigrants Will Soon Qualify for Illinois Driver’s Licenses

Undocumented immigrants in Illinois who have not yet pursued the grant of “deferred action” status, which temporarily suspends enforcement and deportation actions against certain qualified individuals who were brought to the...more

Many Qualified for “Deferred Action” Still Afraid of Stepping Forward

Contrary to popular belief, the Obama administration has not been “soft” on illegal immigration. In fact, last year the administration deported more than 400,000 illegal immigrants, according to published reports....more

Post-Election Immigration Reform

President Obama mentioned comprehensive immigration reform as a priority in his acceptance speech. The President has pledged to act quickly on the issue of reform, with the expectation that “…we get [an immigration] bill...more

Dream Act Might Be a Nightmare for Employers

On August 15, 2012, the Immigration Service began accepting applications for deferred action from certain individuals under 31 years of age who arrived in the United States more than five years ago as children under the age...more

Help for Those Arrested But Eligible for “Deferred Action”

Individuals who are working and residing in this country without proper documentation are worried about being arrested and detained for deportation hearings, but many of them are in fact eligible for “deferred action” status,...more

Children and Other Dependents of “Deferred Action” Beneficiaries

Many people are concerned about how the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will treat children and other dependents of “deferred action” beneficiaries (those in the country illegally who are adjudged to be entitled to a...more

Requests for “Deferred Action” Not Linked to Removal Proceedings

Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are worried about pursuing a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without...more

Top 11 Filing Tips for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

President Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that certain foreign nationals who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 16, and who were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012, can...more

Dangers of Fraudulent Application for Deferred Action

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Those Not Eligible for Deferred Action Not Out of Luck

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Can You Appeal a “Deferred Action” Decision?

A cursory Internet search reveals that many people are curious about whether individuals can appeal a denial of a request to the government for “deferred action” status. While there is no process for formal appeal, there is a...more

HHS Announces Undocumented Individuals With Deferred Action Status Ineligible For Affordable Care Act’s Preexisting Condition...

On August 30, 2012, HHS announced an amendment to an interim final regulation that pertains to the Affordable Care Act’s Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program. 77 Fed. Reg. 52614. ...more

IS DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) FOR YOU? DO YOU NEED AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER OR ATTORNEY TO PREPARE DACA BENEFITS?

Since June 15th 2012, hundreds of Dreamers (or DACA beneficiaries) have walked into immigration law offices in the U.S. and close to half of them actually qualify for better relief than Deferred Action. As experienced...more

Do You Qualify For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Honeland Security, Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children can obtain relief from removal from the country or removal...more

National Security and Public Safety Disqualifiers for “Deferred Action” Status

Soon after announcing the launch of a “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland...more

“Multiple Misdemeanor” Disqualifiers for “Deferred Action” Status

Soon after announcing the launch of a “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland...more

“Significant Misdemeanor” Disqualifiers for “Deferred Action” Status

Soon after announcing the launch of a “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland...more

Felony Disqualifiers for “Deferred Action” Status

Soon after announcing the launch of a “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland...more

Deferred Action Program Now Implemented by Homeland Security

Today, the Obama administration is implementing a new Deferred Action Program that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will administer. This program, which operates as a form of prosecutorial discretion, offers young...more

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action means that the Department of Homeland Security (under which the Citizenship and Immigration Service operates) will put off deportation of some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as...more

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) published the new Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as well as updated guidance for Deferred Action for Young...more

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Chicago Immigration

Soon after announcing the launch of a “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland...more

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS: CIS WILL PUBLISH APPLICATION FORMS AUGUST 15, 2012

On Friday, August 3, 2012, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) published additional information regarding applications for Deferred Action for Young People, a plan originally announced by the Obama Administration...more

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

USCIS says that Dream Act eligible candidates that meet the criteria of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program will not be deported. It is expected that exact guidelines and procedures for this program will be...more

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