OBAMA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION: FOCUSES ON FAMILY UNITY, EXPANDING DACA, EXPANDING PROVISIONAL WAIVER PROGRAM, AND FACILITATING IMMIGRATION FOR SKILLED WORKERS, INVENTORS, RESEARCHERS AND INVESTORS
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his long awaited executive actions on immigration. These actions will focus on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border, deporting criminals, ensuring family unity and retaining skilled workers, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Some of the highlights include the following:
Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA Program) to those who came to the United States before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010. Extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two to three years.
Establishing a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Program. Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 to request Deferred Action and employment authorization for three years.
Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence (3/10 year bar) to include the spouses and sons and daughter of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
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