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:
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
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.