Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is at the top of the news headlines again. What is going on, and where do we go from here? On September 5, 2017, the executive branch announced that DACA would be brought to an end. In addition, it was announced that only a very small number of renewal applications would be accepted, namely from those DACA recipients whose DACA status would be expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, … [Read more...] about DACA, What Now?
I am here in the United States, but I am afraid to return to my country of origin. What can I do? Non-citizens who are physically present in the United States and are afraid to return to their country of origin can apply for asylum in the United States. Asylum is a form of protection that the government gives to foreign nationals. The laws pertaining to asylum are very complex and you should definitely hire a licensed and experienced … [Read more...] about Asylum: Immigration Lawyer with Experience
On September 5, 2017, the administration announced that it will be ending DACA. Hundreds of thousands of young people will be losing that protection from deportation. Q: I am a DACA recipient, what do I do now? If you are a DACA recipient, it is essential that you put yourself in contact with an experienced immigration lawyer to have a discussion about what your options may be. The DACA program meant that you came forward to the … [Read more...] about DACA is Ending, Now What?
If you were previously granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), you can request a renewal when your current period of deferred action is close to expiring. Renewing DACA is a bit less daunting than requesting DACA for the first time. To renew DACA, you must meet certain requirements before you can apply for a renewal of DACA: You must have met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines (Although you will not be required to … [Read more...] about DACA Renewal Process
One of the major announcements in President Obama’s recent executive action focuses on expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program so that more people can qualify for the program. The deferred action program allows certain qualifying individuals who are in the United States illegally to stay in the United States without fear of being deported and obtain a work authorization permit. The Current DACA Program The … [Read more...] about DACA Explained (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Lightman Law Firm founder and principal attorney, Douglas Lightman, recently contributed to the Gigaom.com article, "Can Facebook help immigrants prove their presence in the US?" Mr. Lightman commented on the type of documents that immigrants can (and should) provide during the deferred action application process. These documents (as well as social media) are meant to prove their presence in the U.S. as of January 1st, 2010 en route to … [Read more...] about Lightman Law Firm Founder, Douglas Lightman, Contributed to Recent Immigration Article for Gigaom.com