Immigration Reform – Prior Preparation

As the battle over immigration reform wages on Capitol Hill, and President Obama moves ahead with his planned executive actions, many families throughout the state of Texas wait in guarded anticipation of what will come next. While it is difficult to say exactly how lawmakers will come to agreement on this new legislation, one thing is for certain: the more prepared both you and your family are, the better off you will be in the long run.

If you are planning to apply to any of programs connected to President Obama’s reform package, especially the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program or DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), consider some of the following tips:

  1. Collect Your Files: in order to qualify for many of the immigration programs currently being offered, including DAPA and DACA you will need proofs of identification and a number of supporting documents to verify your claim. This includes birth certificates, passports, medical bills, bank statements, and school records. Make sure these papers are organized and easy to access for when the time comes.
  2. Save Your Money: There are mandatory application-fees associated with almost all USCIS applications that can quickly add up. You will encounter additional costs as well, such as legal expenses and printing costs, so be sure to set aside a few extra dollars this year – especially if you expect to see a return this tax season.
  3. Watch / Read the News: Information is power and the more you understand about your situation, the better. Keeping up to date with blogs such as ours, as well as major media outlets, will go a long way in clearing up any confusion you might have about the reforms.
  4. Speak With An Immigration Attorney: Despite the incredible changes taking place within our immigration system today, the process remains largely complex and quite confusing. Without proper representation working on your behalf, you can quickly get lost in the maze of deadlines and documentation. On top of that, there are many so-called “immigration experts” out there, promising all kinds of quick fixes to your struggles while seeking to profit for themselves. Only a certified immigration attorney can provide the kind of counsel you’ll need to navigate the process and secure a new life.

Contact Peek & Toland, PLLC today for additional information on President Obama’s immigration reforms and how it may potentially impact your family’s future.

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