President Obama announces executive action programs to benefit certain immigrants without legal immigration status on November 20, 2014
The programs announced are not in effect yet and United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will be releasing important details on these programs in the coming months. We will update information on this page as program details are confirmed, and the following links provide initial information and guidance based on the announcements that have been made so far:
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP) Community Advisory
Deferred Action Program
Certain young people brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children may qualify to apply for deferred action. For those who apply and are approved for deferred action, the government will not seek to remove the applicant from the U.S. for at least two years. Approved applicants become eligible to receive a work permit, valid for at least two years, based on demonstrating their economic need to work. If you do not apply, and you are arrested or picked up by ICE you could be placed into removal proceedings and deported from the United States. Should this occur, you would no longer be eligible for deferred action.
We offer free public informational presentations and consults throughout Washington
The presentations provide;
- Essential information on the eligibility requirements, benefits, risks and application process of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
- Opportunities for attendees to ask questions of Rios & Cruz, P.S. legal staff about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and aspects of individual cases
- Brief immigration case consultations to explore potential legal options
Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:00am – 2:00pm
|Mount Vernon, WA
Skagit Valley College
2405 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
If you are involved with a community organization or school interested in collaborating to host a presentation in your area, please contact Ryan McGrath at Ryan@rioscruz.com
Univision Interview: Henry Cruz and Ryan McGrath discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Rios & Cruz public outreach presentations
Radio Program on El Rey 1360AM: Ryan McGrath discusses Rios & Cruz Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) public outreach program, appearing with the Mexican Consulate, 21 Progress, Plaza Bank and Liberty Tax. 21 Progress discusses their DACA specialized social loan program, which provides zero interest social loans for DACA eligible individuals who cannot afford the $465 application filing fee. For more information, follow the link here:
21 Progress DACA loan program
Who is eligible to apply?
In order to be eligible for deferred action, you:
- Must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 (to satisfy this requirement your birthday must be on or after June 16, 1981);
- Must have come to the United States before age 16;
- Must have continuously lived in the United States for five years prior to June 15, 2012 (to satisfy this requirement you must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 to the present);
- Must have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- Must have entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful permission to be in the United States expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Must currently be in school, or have graduated from high school, or have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or, have an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Must not have felonies, significant misdemeanors, 3 or more misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
What is the process?
The attorney handles everything! First, you need to speak with our Deferred Action attorney. The attorney will ask you some questions and ensure you qualify. In some instances you may need to take certain actions to become qualified. If this is necessary our attorney will provide you with a step-by-step plan that you can take to become qualified. Once qualified, the attorney will prepare your Deferred Action Application. The attorney will assist you in identifying the necessary documentation to support your application. The attorney will then file your application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS will schedule you to have your finger prints taken at a local office. As part of this process you must complete a background check (includes finger printing). Once your finger check is completed, the USCIS will adjudicate your application.
How do I start this process?
It’s easy to get started. You can begin the process right now online. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, PLEASE CONTACT US NOW! Click here to begin the online process