November 20th marked an unforgettable date: President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration, presenting 5 initiatives that will give undocumented immigrants a path to a provisional lawful presence, as well as improving existing visa programs and promoting the naturalization process.
In this post we will focus on the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which means that more young undocumented immigrants will be eligible to apply for this program without fear of deportation. Carlos Tolentino, a community leader and expert on immigration, says: “It will expand to help at least 100,000 more people”.
You can start applying for DACA -for the first time or to renew- on February 18th!
USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) gives us this basic information in their website:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
- Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.
WHAT THE INITIATIVE WOULD DO
- 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 YOU CAN START TO MAKE A REQUEST
- February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date)
HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST
- Read a preview of the instructions for the revised Form I-821D (PDF).
- Read the frequently asked questions for expanded DACA.
- Go to the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) page and subscribe to receive updates by email.
REMEMBER: You can apply for the expansion of DACA this Wednesday, February 18th. Start gathering all your documents and filling out the application. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact UnidosNow at 941-256-0625.
(Photography from USCIS flyer on DACA).