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Executive Orders: Immigration Action 2014
Answers from a Northern Virginia Immigration Attorney

2014 has seen some exciting, sweeping changes in immigration law from the Obama Administration. Under the new legislation, more lenient laws govern deportation qualifications, which is good news for immigrant families trying to begin a future here in America. Going forward for these families, it's crucial to understand how these new laws may affect their current situation, or the lives of family who may follow them to the U.S.

With bold legislative changes such as this, there are often many details to parse and still opportunities for confusion and error. To ensure confident comprehension of this new legislature—and how it relates to you and your family—seek the counsel of an experienced Northern Virginia immigration lawyer. Here at The Law Offices of Miguel Rivera, PLLC, we're standing by to make sure you and loved ones receive the benefits from these new laws.

Contact our firm for a free consultation today!

What do the Executive Orders change?

The new laws chiefly concern Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was implemented in 2012 to shield young immigrants from deportation. In order to be protected by the DACA, an individual had to be under the age of 31 and in "good standing" for a number of years in the U.S. ("good standing" meaning no serious criminal record, school enrollment, etc.). If an individual met these requirements and was found to be an illegal alien, he or she could obtain deferred action to avoid deportation.

But now the qualifications for deferred action have changed. They've become more lenient and stand to assist countless more immigrants.

Changes to the DACA include:

  • Removal of the "under 31 years of age" requirement
  • Increase of deferred period from 2 to 3 years
  • Adjustment of eligible arrival date for children (under 16) from June 2007 to Jan. 1 2010

These are just the DACA changes. Other adjustments include a more generous period for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), improvement of employment immigration programs for those seeking permanent residences and dependents, and more accommodating stateside waiver processing.

We're Ready to Assist You

As you can see, there is a lot to process here, but this reform spells good news for those looking to work and remain in the United States. These initiatives won't be put into action until mid-2015, but the time to prepare for these changes is now. A dedicated Northern Virginia immigration lawyer can help you secure the proper documentation and follow the correct procedures to ensure that these Executive Orders do the most good for you and your loved ones.

Call us at The Law Offices of Miguel Rivera, PLLC for a free consultation today!

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