Many of the Africans, who are currently living in the U.S. illegally, should no longer be living under those conditions due to a few policies that President Obama pushed through using his Executive Powers. Many of the African immigrants simply need a competent well informed lawyer to help them secure the benefits of these and other policies.
Research suggests that, African’s are failing to participate in these programs at the expected rates as opposed to their counterparts from Latin America, Asia, etc.. I suspect this is due to the usual culprit. Lack of knowledge (a.k.a ignorance).
So as usual, i have taken the time to compile a brief summary of the top three policies, and their requirements and benefits. Please read, but most importantly, DO NOT FORGET TO SHARE. It could very well end up being your greatest New Years gift to someone. 🙂
- Children: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that benefits young adults brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
- Parents of DACA Children: Unauthorized immigrant parents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and have children who either were born in the U.S. or are legal permanent residents. Of these, about 700,000 have adult children and the remaining 2.8 million have children younger than 18. Previously, the program was available only to those up to age 30, but the executive action would lift that age cap.
- TPS (Temporary Protected Status): TPS is a temporary designation that allows its beneficiaries to live and work in the U.S. and travel in and out of the U.S. for the duration of the emergency without fear of being placed into removal proceedings for overstaying a visa. The U.S. usually authorizes TPS in situations of upheaval due to natural disasters (such as hurricanes or earthquakes), an outbreak of disease, or armed conflicts that have made it unsafe to return.
What does “Deferred Action” mean?
Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS. It can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship. And, it can be revoked at any time.
Who is eligible for DACA relief?
Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals:
- Are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the U.S. while under the age of 16;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present. (For purposes of calculating this five year period, brief and innocent absences from the United States for humanitarian reasons will not be included);
- Entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa status before June 15, 2012;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;
- Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and
- Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of the above criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check.
Just like the majority of the research work that i share on social media freely, it is ONLY meant for informational purposes. Please check with a qualified and competent lawyer.
1. The DREAM Act: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/dream-act
2. DACA: http://www.immigrationequality.org/get-legal-help/our-legal-resources/path-to-status-in-the-u-s/daca-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals/
3. Temporary Protected Status (TPS): http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/temporary-protected-status-tps-who-is-eligible.html