by Jimmy Lewis, Joey Wakefield, and Michael Zacher, Summer Intern Staff; and Sarah Duff, Consumer Product Manager
VISANOW and the immigration community have anxiously been awaiting Comprehensive Immigration Reform. For ˜DREAMers’ across America, the recently announced Deferred Action policy was a welcomed policy change. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), under the directive of President Obama, has now given over 800,000 undocumented youths the opportunity to gain work permits through Deferred Action.
With President Obama’s latest announcement on June 15th, VISANOW is eager to extend its accredited legal services to undocumented youths intending to apply for Deferred Action. As advocates for our clients, we sympathize with the tremendous burdens that come along with such a unique process. Unlike most attorneys, VISANOW’s client-oriented services are closely designed to guide you through the Deferred Action process, from start to finish.
What Is Deferred Action:
Deferred Action essentially grants certain undocumented people, temporary immunity from deportation. While similar to the goals of the Dream Act, Deferred Action will allow many DREAMers to safely pursue their lives without the looming threat of deportation. Once an application is submitted, the petitioner will potentially receive 2 years of protected status against deportation with the option for renewal. Deferred Action- soon to be in effect by August 13th 2012- is one step in the right direction. Unfortunately, these policy changes do not apply to everyone¦
If you are interested in seeking deferred action, please refer to the following eligibility requirements. An individual must prove that he or she:
- Was under 31 years old on June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States under the age of 16;
- Has continuously resided in the United States for at least five years before June 15, 2012, and was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- Is currently attending school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a G.E.D. certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard;
- Has not been convicted of a felony offense, significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, nor otherwise poses a threat to the community or national security.
For young Dreamers who have lived most of their lives restricted by the fear of deportation and the inability to obtain work authorization, time is of the essence. Many government agencies advise applicants to speak with an Immigration Lawyer about Deferred Action. Traditional immigration attorneys have the freedom to answer your immigration questions at their convenience, making clients wait days for a response. With Deferred Action coming into effect, this is unacceptable.
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In light of recent announcement of the Deferred Action law, both attorneys and immigrants need to stay informed. At VISANOW, we position ourselves as zealous advocates to our client’s end goal, meaning NO hidden fees, honest advice, and a quality-assured experience.
VISANOW is focused on ensuring our clients receive the honest immigration services everyone deserves. For those interested in applying for Deferred Action under this new policy, take advantage of our free deferred action case assessment to jumpstart this process and pursue new opportunities.
In the meantime, keep an eye on VISANOW’s Immigration blog and Facebook page to stay informed about Deferred Action.