Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
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The first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept requests for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Contact the office of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC for skilled legal assistance with your application. We assist clients in Scotch Plains, Orange, Jersey City, Newark and throughout Essex, Middlesex and Union counties.
No requests for DACA will be taken until Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Any person or organization who tells you they will file an early application on your part is attempting to scam you. Spread the word to family members and friends. Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.
IMMIGRATION SCAM ALERT: DON’T BE A VICTIM
It is extremely important to understand that there are many people who are trying to make money off of President Obama’s recently announced upgrades to US immigration laws. The government is clear about deadlines; no applications for any programs will be taken until an application filing date is announced. Many members of the immigrant community have been bilked out of a considerable amount of money because they believed people who promised to get their applications filed early.
If you entered the US before age 16 and have lived here since Jan. 1, 2010, and meet all other DACA guidelines, you may be considered for DACA by the US Immigration Department.
If you are accepted, your deferred action period and employment authorization will be increased from two years to three years.
Other notable changes in the program guidelines include the fact that you only have to live in the US since Jan. 1, 2010 instead of June 15, 2007 (the previous time requirement.) Also, applicants can be of any age 16 and over. Prior to the announced changes, applicants had to be born after June 15, 1981.
The government forecasts that applications for Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) will be available in Mid- to late-May, 2015. If you apply for DAPA and are approved, you will get deferred action and employment authorization.
If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, you may qualify.
Additionally, to be approved for DAPA, you must not be involved currently, nor since Nov. 14, 2014, in a deportation removal or detention process.
Remember, the government is not accepting applications for DAPA yet. Visit this page often for updates on this program. Do not accept assistance with DACA or DAPA from anyone but a licensed, experienced and qualified immigration lawyer.
Michael Noriega cares about New Jersey’s immigrant community and he will fight to protect your interests. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is happy to assist all immigrant families living in New Jersey with their applications for DACA, Green Cards, Asylum, Protected Status, Naturalization and other programs. Further, if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges or deportation, Mr. Noriega will come to your defense swiftly.
More information from the USCIS is available here.