Adjustment of Status
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Resources on administrative relief and how individuals can prepare for coming changes to immigration law. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that his Administration will modify immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security issued a series of memos to make changes to removal priorities, Secure Communities, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, deferred action, provisional waivers, parole, and more. In general, the reforms fall into three categories: (i) changes to immigration enforcement policy; (ii) deferred action expansion; and (iii) changes to our legal immigration system.
Official USCIS page for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process, effective August 15, 2012
Use this online tool to help you determine whether you are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. There is also a video explaining the Screening Interview.
An immigration relief (or “administrative relief”) program has not been announced yet. However, you can start collecting the documents listed below now because you may need to provide proof of...Identity, Entry to the United States Before a Particular Date, Presence and Residence in the United States From a Particular Date, Tax Filings, and Employment History.
It is extremely important for potential applicants to understand if their prior arrests disqualify them. In some cases, individuals with prior arrests and convictions or who have engaged in certain criminal activities will not be eligible for Deferred Action. Future criminal convictions could also disqualify an individual from re-applying for Deferred Action. DHS will begin removal proceedings and may detain individuals denied Deferred Action because of a past conviction or participation in criminal activities.
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.
As a community service, the OBA does provide a directory of its attorney members who have given their permission to have their names published in the Oklahoma Find A Lawyer directory at Oklahoma Find A Lawyer. There you can search by both geographic area or by a lawyer's practice area.