What Can I expect from the Immigration Process?
The Texas immigration attorneys at Peek & Toland, PLLC are dedicated to keeping you informed on the immigration reform process. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions regarding this process on the “Do I Qualify?” as well as the requirements from President Obama’s recent immigration reform executive action announced on November 20, 2014.
If you would like to know more about how immigration reform will directly affect you, please call our office at (512) 474-4445 or fill out and submit our online contact form to get in touch with one of our dedicated legal staff. We are located in Austin, Texas and aim to serve the Central Texas community.
When can I start applying for DACA and DAPA?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for the following:
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program around February 18, 2015 (approximately 90 days after the announcement); and
- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) around May 19, 2015 (approximately 180 days after the announcement).
If you are on the verge of deportation, you may be able to apply for deferred action earlier. Contact an immigration law attorney or a local immigration office for more details.
What steps will be involved?
Here’s a brief overview of the DACA and DAPA application processes:
- Collect all the required documents which prove your eligibility.
- Complete the proper forms pertaining to your case and submit them to the USCIS along with the required documents and fees.
- Submit requested biometrics, like fingerprints.
- You can check the status of your request online.
Speak with your attorney for a more comprehensive explanation of the process.
What documents can act as proof of my eligibility?
To prove your identity, you may provide a birth certificate with photo identification, a passport or national identity document, a school or military ID with your photo, or any other U.S. government document bearing your name and photo.
For an extensive list of possible documents, visit the USCIS website.
What security checks will be run on applicants?
Every applicant will undergo extensive background checks, including 10-print fingerprints and name checks. Those who pose a national security or public safety threat, have a serious criminal background, or have committed fraud will most likely be deemed ineligible for deferred action.
Additionally, USCIS officers will review each case individually, looking for indicators of fraud. Intentional misrepresentation or falsifying of documents may result in criminal prosecution and deportation.
How long will the whole application process take?
It depends on a wide variety of factors. The USCIS aims to complete all applications received by the end of 2015 before the end of the following year, 2016. Applicants should be provided with a notification of receipt from the USCIS within 60 days of the date they receive it.
Why should I consult with Peek & Toland, PLLC?
For over a decade, the legal team at Peek & Toland, PLLC has helped individuals and even whole families find security and start new lives in the United States. We are legal professionals who also care deeply about each and every one of our clients. Your case and your story deserve attention. Please let us provide the help you need. Call us today at (512) 474-4445 to schedule a consultation.