The Mulder Law Office
United States Immigration Law

Since 1987
30 Years Experience



Kyndra L. Mulder

(904) 296-7702 / (386) 246-6888


We Practice ONLY Immigration Law

Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, and Palm Coast, Florida.

Immigration Reform

On November 20th, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that may be life changing for many who are in the United States without legal status. Below, I have stated the general changes and then outlined the changes in detail. Please share this information with friends and family. It is good news to many. Also please advise friends and family that these measures are not yet implemented. DO NOT let anyone tell you that they can get you a work authorization or status based on changes at this time. Make sure to get your advice pertaining to immigration from a licensed and experienced immigration attorney or directly from the USCIS. Paralegals, Practitioners and Notarios ARE NOT licensed attorneys.

A. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

B. DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)

C. PROVISIONAL WAIVERS

D. Executive changes made by the President in the area if Immigration Reform


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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

For general information on DACA go to our webpage DACA.

  • flagDACA Is expanded to include children who arrived in the United States on or before January 1, 2010.
  • The upper age requirement – that the applicant be under the age of 30 – is removed.
  • Continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010 is now required.
  • The DACA and work authorization period is extended from two years to three years. At the end of three years the applicant must renew the term of DACA.

The new DACA program is scheduled to be implemented on or about February 20, 2015. Now is the time to begin preparing. A flood of applications are expected. Cases will be handled on a first-come-first-service basis. The best plan is to be ready to file on the day the new guidelines are implemented so that your file is processed quickly.


 

DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability)

DAPA is similar to DACA. The difference is that DACA is for persons who arrived in the United States as children and DAPA is for parents of legal permanent residence and citizens of the United States. The requirements for DAPA are;

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  • You have been in the United States since January 1, 2010.
  • Have a child, son, or daughter, in the United States who is a Legal Permanent Resident or Citizen of the United States born on or before November 20, 2014.
  • You can pass a background check.

USCIS will consider applications on a case-by-case basis. The showing of Extreme Hardship is important and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Now is the time to begin preparing. A flood of applications are expected. Cases will be handled on a first-come-first-service basis. The best plan is to be ready to file on the day the new guidelines are implemented so that your file is processed quickly.

For more information on DAPA go to our webpage DAPA.


 

PROVISIONAL WAIVERS

waiverOn November 20th, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that may be life changing for many who are in the United States without legal status. Below, I have stated the general changes and then outlined the changes in detail.

Under the original program a Provisional Waiver was available only to the spouse, sons and daughters of a United States Citizen. The waiver is now available to spouses, sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents.

Now is the time to begin preparing. A flood of applications are expected. Cases will be handled on a first-come-first-service basis. The best plan is to be ready to file on the day the new guidelines are implemented so that your file is processed quickly.

For more information on Provisional Waivers go to our webpage Provisional Waivers.


 

Below is a detailed discussion on executive changes made by the President in the area if immigration reform:

obama-immigration-reformOn November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.  

These initiatives include:

  • Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years
  • Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
  • Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow our economy and create jobs
  • Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents and providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the application fee

1. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Who:

  • Current DACA recipients seeking renewal and new applicants, including individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, who meet all other DACA guidelines.

What:

  • Allows individuals born prior to June 15, 1981, to apply for DACA (removing the upper age restriction) provided they meet all other guidelines.
  • Requires continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007.
  • Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from the current two years.

When:

  • Approximately 90 days following the President’s November 20, 2014, announcement.

How:

2. Deferred action for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents

Who:

  • An undocumented individual living in the United States who, on the date of the announcement, is the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and who meets the guidelines listed below.

What:
Allows parents to request deferred action and employment authorization if they:

  • Have continuous residence in the United States since January 1, 2010;
  • Are the parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014; and
  • You are not an enforcement priority for removal from the United States, pursuant to the November 20, 2014, Policies for the Apprehension.
  • USCIS will consider each request for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) on a case-by-case basis. Enforcement priorities include (but are not limited to) national security and public safety threats.

When:

  • Approximately 180 days following the President’s November 20, 2014, announcement.

How:

 

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