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Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Dec 17, 2014 2:55:07 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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President Barack Obama announced an exciting immigration reform action on November 20, 2014. He is taking executive action to protect certain undocumented parents from deportation. Starting in 2015, millions of parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents will be able to stay in the country without fear of being deported. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, but they will soon. Now is the perfect time to learn about your legal rights and to prepare to apply.

The first step is determining if you are eligible for DAPA. In order to be eligible for DAPA, you must:

  • Have a child who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
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Mexican Consulate Using the Presidents Executive Action to Help Immigrants

Dec 8, 2014 12:22:50 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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Deportation DefenseUnder President Obama's new deferred deportation program, immigrants can request and receive three years of immunity from deportation for at least three years and possibly longer. They must show proof they have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 and have a fairly clean record with the law. They also must pay a fee of approximately $465. The Mexican Consulate in Sacramento wants all California immigrants to know that it is too early to pay the fee to USCIS. It is advisable to work with an immigration attorney during the application process, but if you have an attorney who is asking for the USCIS fee already, it may be a scam. Check Avvo.com to make sure your attorney is actually an attorney and qualified to do immigration work. The process of receiving immunity for deportation will be implemented gradually and it doesn't start till next year.

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Immigration Reform 2014: DACA and DAPA – What Do They Mean Now?

Nov 26, 2014 2:58:37 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Immigration, DACA, DAPA, Deferred Action, Deportation

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President Obama took executive action on immigration reform on November 20, 2014. These actions involved significant changes to immigration policy here in the United States, and potentially will impact the lives of millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. At the heart of these changes, an increased number of immigrants will be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.

Those looking to take advantage of changes to DACA can apply immediately. Specifically, if an individual arrives in the United States prior to their 16 th birthday, AND they’ve been here since 1/1/2010, that individual may increase DACA and work authorization from the current limit of two years to three years. This change has gone into effect immediately, so it’s best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine what the next steps to take are if you feel as though you may benefit from this policy change.
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Immigration Reform and the Gang of Eight

Jun 3, 2013 1:55:38 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Citizenship, Deferred Action

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When President Barack Obama addressed the nation, during his 2013 State of the Union speech, he made it extremely clear the economy, and the more than 11 million illegal immigrants currently living and working in the United States, would greatly benefit from a complete immigration overhaul. In fact, he laid out three vital issues he felt must be resolved before true immigration reform could take place: a) improve border security and crack down on businesses who knowingly hire illegal, undocumented workers, b) create a clear path by which the millions of illegal immigrants, who are presently residing in the states, can become legal U.S. citizens, and c) improve overall efficiency on the entire immigration system. To facilitate the overhaul, the President then asked legislators to immediately join forces and create a comprehensive immigration reform bill which could be signed into law.

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Why ALL applicants should use an attorney for deferred action

Aug 20, 2012 5:00:35 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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I volunteer my legal services once per month at naturalization clinics, various chiurch immigration clinics or conducting training in front of community groups, consular corps, churches etc. See some of my misc. honors here. But I will not be volunteering for deferred action clinics. Why? Because deferred action applicants are making a mistake if they do not hire an immigration attorney to represent them to USCIS for deferred action.

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Update on Deferred Action

Jul 25, 2012 7:08:16 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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Update on Deferred Action - TIMING

The government has now named its program “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” Their July 2012 updates have suggested that the application process will take between 6 to 12 months. Those that apply in August will likely have a six-month wait, those that apply after will have longer waits, possibly up to or over a year. Applications will be accepted starting August 15, 2012. Do you want to be at the front of the line or the back? Begin the process now –– apply here.

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Apply now for PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY: "DEFERRED ACTION"

Jun 24, 2012 4:29:09 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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President Obama's new immigration "law"…is actually only a “policy.” Meaning, it can disappear pretty quickly, especially if President Obama loses the November 2012 election.

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DREAMers have hope, act now

Oct 6, 2011 6:25:18 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deferred Action

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To our DREAMer friends and activists. Our office salutes you. You are the raices from which our American tree will grow strong in the future. Please read this article and act now! This office is ready to take your case forward and overwhelm the rhetoric of President Obama until the DHS has to accept that you too are a precious future American. From John Randolf: “In my twenty-six years as a US Border Patrol/ICE Agent, I caught many people. At the time, common sense told me that the vast majority of the people who I caught were good, hard working people. I began to wonder why immigrants had to be chased like animals, and why I was being paid to chase them.” Read more here.

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President Obama Freezes the Deportation of Same-Sex Couples

Mar 31, 2011 6:16:33 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Same Sex Green Card, Deferred Action

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The constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 has prompted President Obama to stop the deportation of spouses of legally married same-sex couples. This law suite fights the definition of marriage considered to be between a man and a woman. If found unconstitutional, same-sex couples who are married would be granted equal protection under the law. It is expected for this freeze to be in affect until the Supreme Court makes a decision.

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