Wow. Big news today! Via a Policy Memorandum, President Obama is taking enormous steps towards addressing illegal immigration in the U.S. Effective today, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants–up to an expected 800,000–brought to the U.S. illegally as children will be able to obtain work permits and be immune to deportation.
Who qualifies under this new policy? From the Memo issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, a person must: have first come to the U.S. while under the age of sixteen; have continuously resided in the U.S. for a least five years preceding the date of the memorandum and is currently present in the U.S. on the date of the memorandum; is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and is not above the age of thirty.
Read the Memo below to see more about the President’s new policy.
If you’re reading this, and you believe you meet these qualifications or know someone who does, call Slowik & Robinson immediately! We can help you obtain deferred action.