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Obama Takes Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on steps he is taking to fix the broken Immigration system in light of Congress' failure to act. The main provsions that have been announed so far and details about who qualifies and when are as follows.

DAP (Deferred Action for Parents) - Available approximately June 15, 2015

  • An undocuemted person who has lived in the United States since January 1, 2010;
  • Has a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) child who was born before November 20, 2014;
  • Passes a background check and pays taxes.

Expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "Dream Act") - Available approximately February 15, 2015

  • A person who has been in the United States since January 1, 2010;
  • Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
  • In school, have graduated or obtained a GED;
  • Has not been convicted of 3 misdemeanors or 1 significant felony.

Expanded Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence

  • Undocumented individuals who have resided in the United States unlawfully for 6 months;
  • Can be petitioned for by a US Citizen
  • Demonstrate that one or more of the following person will experience extreme hardship if not approved: US Citizen Spouse, US Citizen Parent, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Spouse, LPR Parents.

For more information, stay tuned and contact us at or 703-686-9900.

Ricky Malik, Esq.


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