The Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for immediate relatives of US citizens who entered the country without permission become its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new regulation, which will become effective on March 4, 2013.
Currently, immigration law provides that any person who arrives to the U.S. without an immigration status for more than one hundred eighty (180) days and leaves the country, receives a penalty of a three (3) year bar to re-enter the country. If the person stays more than one (1) year, then he/she receives a bar of ten (10) years.
Under past practice, an individual applied for the waiver after having been found inadmissible by a consular official and then had to apply to US Citizenship and … Read More »
Immigration lawyers in Puerto Rico have welcomed the Administration’s recent announcement that younger immigrants may be eligible for “Deferred Action” and work authorization. The policy will grant qualified immigrants the opportunity to live free from fear of deportation and allow them to work legally. This new development brings hope to immigrants and their families. It is not, however, a permanent fix and does not grant permanent legal status to anyone. To qualify, an individual must:
have arrived in the U.S. when they were under the age of sixteen;
have continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years prior to June 15, 2012 and have been present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012;
currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed … Read More »