White House Announces New Deferred Action Program

11/21/2014

The White House announced a new deferred action program that will provide employment authorization for millions of people currently in the United States without valid immigration status, removing the imminent threat of deportation. 

The 2015 Deferred Action Program will be available for the following people:

  • Parents of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who are present in the United States on November 20, 2014, and who have been physically present inside the United States since at least January 1, 2010
  • Individuals who arrived in the United States before age 16 and before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today

Requestors will have to pass criminal and national security background checks, pay their taxes, and pay a request fee.

Request forms and applications for work permits are NOT yet available and will not be available until early 2015.

To prepare for the request and application processes, people should begin collecting the following evidence:

  • Evidence of citizenship and other biographical information
  • Evidence of physical presence inside the United States TODAY
  • Evidence of physical presence inside the United States since before January 1, 2010

The White House encourages the immigrant community to beware of immigration scams. In Colorado and most other states, only licensed attorneys or accredited representatives can fill out and file immigration paperwork.

Please contact our office at (303) 974-7758 (Eric Johnson, Esq.) or (303) 462-6701 (Kristin Knudson, Esq.) to set up a consultation with one of our licensed attorneys so that we can review your case with you and discuss eligibility for the new program.