The President announced an immigration executive action – TPS for Syria- immigration lawyers in charlotte nc to offer representation to all applicants

The President announced a set of far-reaching executive actions to offer relief from deportation for {large|significant|big|sizable|substantial|extensive) groups of people currently in the United States without legal immigration status. Specifically, the President Obama has announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be expanded to incorporate all immigrants who entered the United States before the age of sixteen and who have been present in the United States since January 1, 2010. Applicants will need to prove they do not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanors on their record, and no more than two minor misdemeanors. Applicants also need to prove they have graduated from an accredited high school, have obtained a GED, or that they are currently working on their diploma or GED. Eligible applicants will receive a protection from deportation by the Department of Homeland Security and a three-year work permit (instead of the two-year work permit provided under the 2012 DACA), which may be renewed. With these work permit , Eligible applicants can also receive valid social security numbers and driver’s licenses in North Carolina.

Additionally, the President has announced a new program tentatively titled Deferred Action for Parents, which will {provide|afford|confer|extend| the same benefits as the expanded DACA program (protection from deportation and renewable three-year work permits) to all applicants who are parents of United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident children and who have been present in the United States since at least January 1, 2010. Applicants would also need to meet the criminal background check requirements. However, DAP applicants will not have the same education requirements.

The President’s executive actions however only go so far and many flaws in our immigration system remain un-mended. First, many immigrants and their families are “starved for details” as to whether or not some of their cases, complicated by criminal records or prior removals, will benefit from the new plan. The Obama administration has announced they will accept applications under the new program in six-months, but have not indicated when or if thorough guidelines addressing such technicalities will be released. Second, by limiting deferred action to undocumented immigrants who had U.S. citizen or resident children as of November 20, 2014, many who have made significant ties to this country in other ways remain in danger of deportation. NC Policy Watch notes “little more than 40 percent of the [North Carolina’s] total population” of undocumented immigrants will benefit under these new plans. Additionally, the President’s new plan limits the overall economic benefit of immigration reform. The Economist notes that the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in 2013 would have boosted the GDP by 3.3 % over a decade, whereas the President’s executive action will contribute only between 0.4% and 0.9% in over the same period. We do applaud President Obama’s bold executive action on immigration. However, while those who do qualify for the new plan are relieved, most of the U.S. immigration system’s problems remain un-fixed and comprehensive reform is still sorely needed.

In a new development, On November 20, 2014, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that individuals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone currently residing in the United States would be eligible for TPS as a result of the Ebola outbreak. Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) is a form of lawful status available for people from certain countries where there exist ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary conditions. In order to be eligible for TPS, citizens of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone need to submit their applications by May 20, 2015.

On January 5, 2015, Jeh Johnson also announced that TPS would be granted to, and extended for, citizens of Syria due to the ongoing conflict in that country. Syrian nationals who have already been granted TPS will need to re-register before March 6, 2015. They will be granted an additional eighteen (18) months of TPS. The announcement also allows individuals from Syria who were not previously granted TPS to apply. These individuals must submit their applications by July 6, 2015.

TPS is valid for eighteen (18) months and can be renewed for an additional eighteen (18) months during the re-registration period provided, if DHS determines that such protected status is still needed for citizens of the designated countries. Those who qualify for TPS are granted deferral from deportation and are provided employment authorization for each eighteen-month period designated by DHS. Other countries that currently have TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. We here at Charlotte Immigration Law Firm are excited for these new programs and look forward to assisting our clients obtain these benefits. If you or a family member is interested in this program, call our Immigration Lawyers in Charlotte NCat (704) 900-2925 or email at to schedule an appointment or to reserve your seat for one of our upcoming free information presentations!

About us: Charlotte Immigration Law Firm is a boutique legal practice focusing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. Opened in 2009, the Firm handles a full range of immigration matters, including employment and family based immigration petitions, removal defense, and appeals. Our immigration lawyers in charlotte nc and legal staff help aspiring Americans, their families, and their employers navigate the complexities of U.S. immigration law. We represent our clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR” or “Immigration Court”), the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”), and consular posts around the world. We provide affordable immigration advice and representation to individuals, families and companies locally and worldwide. As your Immigration Lawyers in Charlotte we strive to construct personalized legal strategies for our clients, and deliver quality advice and competitive services in a trustful, honest, and professional manner. Our Immigration Lawyers in Charlotteoffer clients absolute confidentiality, a rigorous and innovative approach to your legal problems, while the firm’s light structure allows for undivided personal attention and affordable representation. If you need assistance with any immigration matter, please contact our Immigration Lawyers Charlotte NC at 704-944-3239. Our Immigration Lawyers Charlotte provide business immigration advice and representation locally and worldwide. Alex Muntean is an Immigration Lawyer in Charlotte NCproviding immigration advice and representation.


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