Are you an illegal immigrant or undocumented worker facing deportation from the United States? You may be able to prevent any action from being taken against you, at least temporarily, thanks to sweeping immigration reforms enacted by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2014.
To give you a more detailed understanding of the most important measures of the new immigration reform, the experienced Austin immigration law attorneys at Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC have provided the valuable information below. If you have any further questions regarding your specific case, feel free to call us today at (512) 474-4445 to speak with one of our helpful legal staff.
Help! I qualify for DAPA benefits yet face immediate deportation. I cannot wait until May 2015 to apply. What can I do?
Q: Do I qualify for temporary relief from deportation?
A: Under the new immigration policy, you may request temporary relief from deportation if you pass criminal and national security background checks, pay a nominal fee and contribute your fair share towards taxes, in addition to the following criteria:
- You arrived in the U.S. prior to your 16th birthday and have resided in this country continuously at least since January 1, 2010 (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA).
- You are the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who has been in the country at least since January 1, 2010 (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability or DAPA).
In addition to a deferred deportation action, qualifying individuals may also be granted work authorization for three years.
Q: When can I apply for these programs?
A: Individuals seeking DACA benefits may apply for them now. Unfortunately, DAPA applications will not be accepted until May 2015. If you are planning to apply for DAPA benefits, you should start preparing now by gathering the proper documents which establish your identity, the fact that you have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, and other vital information.
Q: Help! I qualify for DAPA benefits yet face immediate deportation. I cannot wait until May 2015 to apply. What can I do?
A: Thankfully, there is an exemption for individuals who qualify for forthcoming DAPA changes yet face immediate deportation. Consult with an attorney to learn more about how you can halt the deportation process.
Q: I crossed the border recently. Do I qualify for the new benefits?
A: Unfortunately, you do not qualify for the new benefits unless you have been in the country for at least five years. However, you should still consult with an attorney to explore other options of securing temporary or even permanent residency in the U.S. Rather than live in fear of deportation, it is better to go through the proper legal channels so you can live your life in peace.
Q: Why should I consult with the lawyers at Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC?
A: The sad truth is that the immigration reform has been followed by a surge of immigration scams. Don’t risk your finances and your security by going to a dishonest notary or false lawyer. Contact us instead.
Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC is a highly reputable, established firm that has been in practice for many years. You can trust us to not only do honest work but also use our expertise to get you through the application process in an efficient fashion, so you can begin or resume your life in the U.S. without having to worry about deportation.