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NEW: PRESIDENT OBAMA's EXECUTIVE ACTION PLAN
On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions which among other things will allow
- parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years without fear of deportation (if they pass a criminal background check and pay taxes)
- young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010 to take advantage of the existing DACA program without worrying about not meeting the 31 year cap
Do you qualify for the executive actions ?
If you would like to check if you pre-qualify for the proposed deferred action fill out the form to the right and check "Yes."
Would you like updates on the immigration reform?
If you would like to receive updates on the proposed immigration changes or if you would like to be informed when you may begin submitting applications, fill out the form to the right.
Here is an outline of President Obama's proposed immigration initiatives:
- Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years
- Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks
- Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow our economy and create jobs
- Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents and providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the application fee
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HAVE YOU SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES OR ARE YOU IN THE RESERVE? If so, you or your family members may be eligible for a green card without having to leave the United States, despite their past illegal entry and stay. Call us for a consultation.
ARE YOU A VICTIM OF A CRIME? Have you been physically or mentally abused? Are you willing to cooperate with the law enforcement? If so, you and your children may be eligible for a work permit and a green card.
SAME SEX Couples may now apply for GREEN CARDS!
This morning, June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) as unconstitutional. This means that same-sex marriages are now recognized under Federal laws, including Immigration laws, which means that most same-sex couples will now be able to obtain a green card. We are happy to serve you and your family with your immigration needs! For more information, visit Immigration Equality's website.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2015
USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. March 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2015.
Green Card Lottery starts on October 1, 2014
The registration information is out for the Diversity Visa 2016 lottery: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/...ns_English.pdf
It starts early this year on October 1. Entries for the DV - 2016 DV program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT -5), Monday, November 3, 2014.
For DV - 2016, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has set up a special Parent Hotline. The number is 1-800-203-7001 and it will be operational 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST. This hotline allows parents to seek assistance in locating their unaccompanied children they believe may be in DHS custody.
New Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
As part of its form improvements initiative, USCIS is today (2.7.14) releasing a revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Customers may continue to use previous versions of the form for a 90-day transition period. On Monday, May 5, 2014, USCIS will no longer accept older versions of Form N-400. USCIS will reject and return previous versions of Form N-400 submitted after May 5, 2014.
Driver Licenses for Undocumented Aliens
On October 7, 2013, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a group of bills related to immigration. One bill will allow illegal immigrants to apply for and receive California driver's licenses (expected to go into effect in 2015).
Another will make it a crime for someone to threaten an undocumented person with deportation. Under the new law, employers who threaten employees with deportation will find themselves facing stiff fines and, possibly, the loss of their business licenses.
The "Trust Act" Vs. "Secure Communities"
One of the most important components of the multibill package forbids local law enforcement personnel to detain for deportation immigrants who are here illegally if the crimes for which they have been apprehended are minor and nonviolent. (Violent crimes such as child molestation and felonies are exceptions.) For more click here.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Applications Transferred from California Service Center to Texas
On March 8, 2013, USCIS transferred some casework from the California Service Center to the Texas Service Center to balance overall workload with processing capacity at the centers. The affected casework includes the following forms:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requestors may receive a letter from USCIS letting them know their request for DACA is now pending at the Texas Service Center instead of the California Service Center. Customers do not need to take any action.
Beginning March 4, certain applicants will be able to apply for the provisional unlawful presence waiver here in the U.S.
Beginning this Monday, March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.
Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States. Under the existing waiver process, which remains in effect, immediate relatives cannot file a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, until after they have appeared for an immigrant visa interview abroad, and a Department of State consular officer has determined that they are inadmissible to the United States. Call now to see if you qualify! (661) 735-7740
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passes the House
On February 28, 2013, the House of Representatives voted down the bad House VAWA substitute bill on a vote of 257 to 166. After the substitute was defeated, the House then took up the original bipartisan Senate bill 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which quickly passed with broad bipartisan support (286 yeas to 138 nays).
The New USCIS Immigrant Fee Takes Effect on Feb. 1
Starting Friday, Feb. 1, those who receive an immigrant visa package from a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad will be required to pay a new $165 immigrant fee.
The fee is necessary to cover the costs of producing and delivering permanent resident cards.
Please see the following page for more information:http://www.uscis.gov/immigrantfee
We are accepting applications for DEFERRED ACTION / DACA for DREAMERS in Bakersfield, CA
Some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will no longer be deported and may obtain work permits. Call us for details and to see if you qualify for this benefit. Economy packages available for those on a budget! For more information, click here.
Algunos inmigrante indocumentados quienes vinieron a los Estados Unidos cuando eran menores de edad y ano serán deportados y pueden obtener su permiso de trabajo. Llamanos para más detalles y par aver si usted qualifica para Accion Deferida.
Look for us at the Annual Viva Mexico Festival, Sunday, September 9, 2012
at the Kern County Fairgrounds in the Budweiser Pavilion.
California OKs driver's licenses for some undocumented immigrants
California lawmakers have approved a bill to allow some young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to obtain driving licenses, in a move that could appeal to Hispanic voters in the heavily Democratic state. For more info click here.
California Senate passes "anti-Arizona" immigration bill
The California Senate passed a bill on Thursday that seeks to shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police and challenges Republican-backed immigration crackdowns. For more info click here.
USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today (June 12, 2012) that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013. For more info click here.
USCIS Launches Online Immigration System
New Online Learning Tool for Aspiring Citizens
EB-2 Visa Category for China Mainland and India will remain unavailable in 2012
18-Month Extension of Designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
New Practice Tests for Naturalization Preparation
Temporary Protected Status Designated for the Syrian Arab Republic
Illegal Immigrants Will Not Have to Leave the U.S. to File for Citizenship
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