U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. That will be the first day to request DACA under the revised guidelines established as part of President Obama’s recent anouncements on immigration.

USCIS advises the public to be extra careful to avoid immigration scams. To learn how to identify and report scams, and how to find authorized legal assistance at little or no cost, go to uscis.gov/avoidscams or uscis.gov/es/eviteestafas

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Original article: http://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begin-accepting-requests-expanded-daca-feb-18

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is a memorandum authored by the Obama administration on June 15, 2012.The memorandum announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status. For people that have been granted DACA, they have the opportunity to file renewal applications. (http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca)

Read more: Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) Arrivals Renewals Process

The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill approved with bipartisan support in June 2014.  However, if there is no approval by the House of Representatives, the bill will expire on January 3, 2015.  There continues to be support from Democrat members to push forward comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. 

Read more: Immigration Reform Update

After months of debate between the eight senators chosen to lead the efforts of reforming the U.S. immigration system, an 844-page bill was proposed today, April 17, 2013. Formed through compromises, the proposed bill is far from perfect. However, this is the closest we have come in years to meaningful change.
Read more: “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”
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