Last week we wrote a post about the expectation that President Obama would make changes to the current immigration system. At that time we outlined some of the possible changes individuals thought the president might implement. Now, we have specifics regarding the matter.
While not everyone who is living in the United States after entering without proper documentation will benefit from the immigration changes announced, multiple groups will.
Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children are one group that could benefit from the change. This is because the plan broadens the window of time during which individuals protected under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals may have arrived in the U.S., by three years. In addition, the protection from deportation provided under DACA, will be extended to three years rather than two.
Some parents of children who are naturalized will also benefit from the changes to the immigration system. Those who have been in the U.S. for more than five years and who register, pay fees, pass background checks, submit biometric data and can prove that they child was born prior to the program’s announcement, will not have to worry about being deported for the period of three years. In addition, they will receive authorization to work during that time period.
Highly skilled workers and their spouses could also find that they benefit from the changes. Among other things, those individuals who are awaiting legal permanent resident status may find the change will:
- Make it possible to change jobs or move more easily.
- Provide authorization to work to spouses of workers who are in the U.S. on H-1B visas.
- Expand immigration options for foreign investors.
As we mentioned in our previous post regarding this matter, the changes to the immigration system announced last night will likely leave many unsure of how to proceed. Those individuals would probably benefit from working with an immigration lawyer.
Source: Business Insider, “Here Are The 6 Key Elements Of Obama's Immigration Plan,” Hunter Walker, Nov. 20, 2014