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In 2014, the Obama Administration made a bold expansion of immigration laws, specifically concerning DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). For many, this is outstanding news and changes the landscape of the often-difficult options immigrant families face. It is important to truly understand how this new expansion could affect the future of you or your loved ones. If you would like to learn more, do not hesitate to call an experienced Salt Lake City immigration attorney Keen Law Offices, LLC. We’re standing by help facilitate this expansion and make sure it helps as many individuals as possible.

How do the Executive Orders change DACA?

Since 2012, the DACA has protected young immigrants who have been in the country for some time from harsh deportation. If an individual under 31 had been in U.S. for a certain amount of time, and met a few “good standing requirements” like school enrollment and no serious criminal history, they could avoid deportation with a deferred action. While this helped a lot of individuals, many just missed the cutoff date and were still vulnerable to deportation.

Now, under the new Executive Orders, the window of eligibility has expanded. Date requirements have been changed, deferment periods have been adjusted.

The new changes to the expanded Executive Orders include:

  • The age 31 requirement has been removed
  • The eligible arrival date of individuals 16 and younger is now Jan. 1, 2010
  • Deferred Action has increased from two years to three

About Deferred Action for Parents (DAP)

Another exciting development is the inclusion of DAP with the new Executive Orders, which stands for Deferred Action for Parents. Under this law, parents who have been present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, have a Lawful Permanent Residence, pay taxes and can pass a background check are also eligible for the same expanded deferment laws. This means fewer families will be divided and more immigrants can enjoy the support of their families while living in the U.S.

Keen Law Offices, LLC has provided the November 2014 Executive Orders here:

Our Firm is Standing By to Help You

While progressive legislation like this is always great news, there can still be difficulties. Deferments are, of course, temporary, and with new elections always looming, laws can be targeted for adjustment or dissolution. Even now, many people will have to wait for this expansion to be enacted, which likely won’t happen until early 2015.

But that doesn’t mean you and your loved ones need to go without help. If you or your family requires immediate assistance on a deportation matter, or you have a serious issue these new Executive Orders could either help or harm, then we are ready to assist you. At Keen Law Offices, LLC, our Salt Lake City immigration lawyers are well-versed in the struggles to keep families together and protect individuals who have come to U.S. to better their life.

We are ready to hear your story. Contact us today.