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Immigration Executive Actions

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to combat illegal crossings at the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. This executive action does not create a path to citizenship for anyone who does not already qualify under existing law.

These Executive Actions Include:

  • Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years. | Details
  • Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, provided they have lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and pass required background checks. | Details
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents and the children of U.S. citizens. |Details
  • Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs to grow our economy and create jobs. | Details
  • 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. | Details

Watch Out For Scams

These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Please beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available, as you could become a victim of an immigration scam.

If you need legal advice on immigration matters, please ensure the individual you rely on is authorized to give you legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Board of Immigration Appeals-recognized organization can give you legal advice. 

The term “notario publico” (for “notary public”) stands for something very different than what it means in the United States. In many Spanish-speaking nations, “notarios” are powerful attorneys with special legal credentials. In the United States, notary publics are appointed by state governments to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths. They are not authorized to provide legal services related to immigration.

The best method to avoid a scam is to follow the Administration’s implementation of these programs. You may subscribe on the USCIS Executive Actions on Immigration web page to receive updates.

Also, several government agencies have partnered to identify resources that can help individuals avoid immigration services scams. These online educational resources include: