California Immigration Reform Attorney
Preparing for Immigration Reform
While the executive actions on immigration reform that President Barack Obama announced on November, 20, 2014 are not set to go into practice until later in 2015, it’s important to begin making preparations as soon as possible for the new path to U.S. citizenship. Millions of qualifying individuals and families will be vying for deportation relief; waiting to start your application now could set you back months, if not years.
However, do not trust anyone who promises to secure your U.S. citizenship or any other type of benefit right now. No new immigration laws have been passed yet.
For knowledgeable guidance and advocacy throughout the application process, do not hesitate to contact the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. by calling (310) 683-4516. Our highly qualified professionals in immigration law are more than happy to answer your questions and help you understand how the latest reform will affect you and your loved ones.
Steps to Begin Preparing Your Immigration Reform Application
First and foremost, it is crucial that you or your loved ones do not leave the country at this time. If you are unable to return to the U.S. or cannot prove continuous physical presence in the country, your application or ability to reenter could be jeopardized.
In general, immigration applications require extensive documentation and paperwork, whether you are applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
In many cases, it can take months to track down required documents, especially from your country of origin, so it is important to begin gathering information as soon as you can, such as:
- Proof of U.S. Residence – Bank statements, utility bills, tax records, personal mail, employment records, etc.
- Original Copies of Personal Documents – Valid birth certificates from country of origin, etc.
- Personal Immigration Files – Any and all documents you have sent to or received from any immigration agency.
- Evidence of Good Behavior – Letters of reference (but only after consulting with your attorney on what types of letters are most effective), local police clearance letters, etc. Additionally, it is strongly suggested that you begin saving money for the numerous application fees and potential fines that are required. No matter which type of immigration application you plan on filing, the fees can add up quickly.
When Can I Apply for DACA or DAPA?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications for the following:
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Your attorney can apply for you now or– if you need the recent President Obama changes to the program– then you will need to wait until February 18, 2015; and
- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) approximately around May 19, 2015.
If you are currently facing deportation proceedings, you may be able to apply for deferred action earlier. Contact immigration law attorney Scott McVarish to discuss your options.
Trusted Guidance for Your Future
Please call the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. to learn more about how immigration reform may benefit you and your loved ones. Our experienced team has thorough and up to date understanding of the latest developments and can help you protect your future in the U.S.