Karim Law 2014 Highlights - Executive Action.
What does it mean?
- President Obama will protect about 4.3 million unauthorized immigrants, including 4 million parents of legal residents, from deportation via a new "deferred action" program.
- The White House believes that nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants will be protected in total, thanks to other reforms.
- He is also taking steps to facilitate legal migration to the United States, that should lead to 150,000 to 250,000 more skilled workers moving here.
- Executive action fulfills a promise originally made in March, and twice delayed.
- Reforming Secure Communities
- Reforming deportation priorities
- Making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to get visas
- More work permits for recent graduates
- Spouses of green-card holders can now apply for legal status in the US
- 270,000 immigrants who will now be covered under the DACA program
- Immigrants who are older than 30 now, but still entered before they were 16, are now eligible for DACA.
- Immigrants who entered after 2007, but before 2010, are now eligible for DACA.
- 4 million parents of US citizens or green card holders will be covered under a new program.
- Only parents who've been in the country for at least five years (since January 1st, 2010) will qualify.
- Parents will qualify even if their citizen or green-card-holding children are over the age of 18.
- More expansive role of the administration's parole authority to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to invest in job-creating businesses to move to the U.S.
- Expand programs for foreign students in STEM to work in the U.S. for up to 2 and a half years after they graduate.
As the Executive Action becomes effective in the coming months, we encourage you to contact Karim Law for all your immigration needs. Our team can help you figure out the best course of action through these new changes. You can also contact us at +1 (480)-626-0641.