As Joe Biden once said, this is a “big f’in’ deal.”
The centerpiece of the President’s immigration reforms announced yesterday is the expansion of deferred action to cover certain foreign national parents of United States citizens. Here are the details:
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service will give deferred action and employment authorization to individuals who
- As of November 20, 2014, have a son or daughter who is a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Entered the U.S. prior to January 1, 2010.
- Are not in lawful status as of November 20, 2014
- Are not an enforcement priority
- Do not present other factors that weigh against a favorable exercise of discretion
People who fall within the DHS’ new enforcement priorities will be ineligible for deferred action. With a new memo issued today, November 20, 2014, the DHS has revised the enforcement priorities for the agency. The new enforcement priorities are divided into three levels of priority of decreasing priority. Presumably, those not within the enforcement priorities memo are not enforcement priorities and should qualify for benefits and not be subject to efforts to seek removal. We have summarized the new enforcement priorities memo here.
Applicants will be required to provide fingerprints and undergo national security and criminal background checks. The filing fee will be $465. CIS has been directed to begin accepting applications no later than 180 days from the date of the announcement (May 19, 2015).
Over the coming weeks, Benach Ragland will hold reduced fee consultations for those who think they may qualify under this program. We will also be holding free information sessions at community centers in the greater Washington metropolitan area. For the latest information, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BenachRagland. To schedule a reduced fee consultation, please call 202-644-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.