President Obama announced a number of immigration changes that will have a great impact on millions of people. Here are the basics of what you’re wondering about:
Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
This is one of the most important elements of the president’s action: Undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and LPRs who have been present in country since January 1, 2010 can request deferred action (meaning to stay in country, be protected from deportation) and work permission for 3 years if they pass the required background checks. This new program is called Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Expansion of DACA
More DREAMers and young people will be eligible for DACA. Plus, the period of DACA and work authorization is extended from 2 years to now 3 years.
Expand Provisional Waivers to Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents
For undocumented spouses and children of U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents, it is possible that many of them who currently qualify for green cards but are unable to obtain them due to the 3 and 10 year bars will be able to get through the process and on a path to citizenship.
LPRs Can Pay with Credit Card for U.S. Citizenship Application Process
Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship will be able to pay the application process with credit cards. Plus the government will promote citizenship education and public awareness for LPRs.
New Changes to Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Programs
The new action includes improvements to immigrant and nonimmigrant programs. The new changes will impact U.S. businesses, foreign investors, researchers, inventors and skilled foreign workers.