Immigration advocates across the country celebrated on Thursday as President Obama announced a broad new executive action, which could apply to up to five million undocumented immigrants.

The most significant part of President Obama’s plan is a program to give deferred action, or deportation relief, to the parents of U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident children. Immigrants who meet the following may be eligible:

  • They are the parents or legal guardians of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children
  • They arrived in the U.S. at least five years ago
  • They have no criminal record or other factor which would make them a priority for removal

Immigrant parents who are eligible for deferred action can apply for three year deferrals, and will be able to apply for work authorizations.

The government has 6 months (until May 2015) to create the application, figure out what the filing fee will be and accompanying instructions. Individuals who believe they qualify for this program should be wary of anyone who claims that they can file an application right away. This is not true because currently the application itself does not exist.

Always consult with a licensed attorney before paying any type of fees and to discuss eligibility as well as any potential hurdles you may encounter.

“With contribution from Rebecca Baik”

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