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New Program for Undocumented Spouses of US Citizens and Changes to DACA

On Tuesday, June 18, President Joe Biden announced a new action to help legalize undocumented spouses of US citizens and give DACA recipients certain work visas and possible access to permanent residency more easily. Even if you are waiting on another application like an I-130 family petition or I-601A waiver, there may be NEW BENEFITS like a WORK PERMIT, and you may be able to get your residency (green card) WITHOUT having to leave the US.

There are still a lot of details we are waiting for the government to announce in the coming weeks so we don’t know enough about these changes and how they will be implemented, but it is important to be prepared. To be clear, there are NO applications available for this program yet so be careful of anyone promising to send an application now or take fees. More information below the appointment calendar.

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Existing clients please call our office at 616-235-4577 to make your appointment.

Not a Citizen? Become one! Save $300 during July!

If you were not a citizen on June 17, 2024, unfortunately, becoming a citizen now will not make your spouse eligible for the new spouse program.  However, there are many benefits to becoming a citizen, such as being able to vote and settling your immigration status once and for all. In addition, if Biden or future presidents expand this program or create similar programs, you will be ready.  We are currently offering a deal on our citizenship service.  Make an appointment in the month of July to have us do your citizenship, and fees will start at $700 a savings of $300. Fees can increase depending on your particular circumstances and additional USCIS fees will apply.

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Undocumented Spouse and Stepchild Affirmative Relief

This program is for Undocumented spouses or step-children of US citizens who among other criteria:
  • Have lived in the United States for 10 years or more as of June 17, 2024.
  • Are married to a US citizen on or before June 17, 2024.
  • Or have an eligible step-child relationship to a US citizen as of June 17, 2024.
  • Do not pose a threat to public safety or national security. Must not have certain criminal or previous immigration convictions. Consult with us if you have a criminal history or previous issues with border patrol, ICE or hearings in Immigration Court.
Through this program you may be able to:
  • Adjust status (legalize) within the United States to what is called “parole in place” that may be able to turn into a Green Card (Permanent Residency) and eventually citizenship.
  • Receive a work permit to legally work in the US while your application is being processed.
See the USCIS page for complete and most up to date details.

DACA Changes

For people already eligible or participating in the DACA they are making it easier to get certain work visas like H1 visas. This can help secure your status long-term and give you the opportunity to eventually adjust your status to become a lawful permanent resident.

In order to be eligible for this faster process you must:

  • Have a degree from a US college, university, or other institution of higher education.
  • Have a job offer from a US Employer in work related to your degree.

See the USCIS page for complete and most up to date details.

How to Prepare

There is a lot we still don’t know about how these changes will work and they may get held up in court but we can make some predictions based on how other programs work. These tips are not guarantees and the actual process could be very different, but these are things to consider:

BE PATIENT.

The details of the program are still being worked out and will probably not be finalized until the end of the summer or later. Expect changes and long wait times. As the program is rolled out, things may change, and processing times may be longer than the initial estimates.

START SAVING NOW.

For either program, the total cost of applying including the USCIS fees plus our attorney fees will likely be over $1000. We don’t know the USCIS fee yet, and we have not set our final price as we are still determining how much work this new program will be to apply for.

WORK ON GETTING YOUR PROOFS NOW.

For both programs you will need to show you meet the requirements. You can start gathering and requesting these proofs now (If there are fees to request any of these records, you may want to wait until more details come out).

You will probably need at least some of the following documentation:

Affirmative Relief for Spouses and Step-children

  • Home addresses over the last 10 years.
  • If you have had any criminal legal issues in the past, certified court records and/or an FBI background check. We can help you get these. Contact our office for more details. (616) 235-4577.

DACA Changes

  • Copy of your degree.
  • School transcripts - these requests can take several business days to process. We can help you get these. Contact our office for more details (616) 235-4577.