Richard Herman, Cleveland Immigration Lawyer: New Filing for Deferred Action

By Richard Herman, a deferred action attorney, AV-Rated, a Cleveland immigration lawyer, co-author of “Immigrant, Inc.” and owner of www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer.com, responds to August 3, 2012 announcement by DHS on filing procedures for requesting 2-year deferred action from deportation and work permits.
Online PR News – 04-August-2012 – Richard Herman, an AV-rated immigration lawyer who will be filing deferred action and Work Permit requests for clients around the country, applauds the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) for its quick progress in developing a filing procedure and guidelines for the new Deferred Action program announced on June 15, 2012 by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
On August 3, 2012, USCIS issued a written statement and conducted a telephonic conference with stakeholders nationwide to provide more information on the filing process.
Relieved that USCIS is moving forward on the program and providing much-needed information to the anxiously-waiting undocumented community, Richard Herman said, “This is a key step forward in instilling confidence in the program and in preparing the public for August 15, 2012, the date that individuals can begin filing.”The new information provided by USCIS includes the following:
• Filing fee for deferred action and work permits will be $465, which is intended to subsidize the costs of administering the program, which could be
used by 800,000 applicants, without increasing the fiscal burden on
taxpayers. Fee waivers will not be accepted.
• The form used to request deferred action, along with additional information
and guidelines, will be available on August 15, 2012 and can be downloaded at
that time from the USCIS website. www.uscis.gov
• Applicants can begin filing for deferred action and work permits on August 15,
2012, not earlier.
• Information obtained by USCIS during the Deferred Action filing process will
not be used for immigration enforcement, unless a criminal, fraud, or national
security issue is involved.
• Applicants will be required to submit biometrics and undergo background checks.• Conviction for driving without a driver’s license will not be a disqualifying
offense.
• Applicants will mail their Deferred Action application along with a work
permit application to a USCIS Lockbox. Four USCIS Service Centers will be
responsible for adjudicating the applications.
• It is anticipated that it will take several months to adjudicate the
applications.
Immigration Attorney Richard Herman believes that this is a good opportunity for undocumented immigrants who qualify, but cautions against relying on bad advice, particularly so-called “notaries” who are not licensed to practice immigration law.
“I am deeply concerned with immigrants falling prey to unscrupulous service providers who provide misleading or false information on deferred action. I have practiced immigration law for 18 years, and I know how complicated this field is. Even something that appears simple on its face can turn into an immigration nightmare. Bad advice can hurt. We’ve seen this many times before when immigration law has changed and immigrants, desperate for legal status, are vulnerable to empty promises by some agents, attorneys or notaries. Complicated fact scenarios and rapidly developing law make can create risk. Predatory service providers can only make it worse. Those who work with undocumented immigrants, such as immigration lawyers and immigrant rights activists, are concerned that some unethical individuals will prey upon the undocumented immigrant community with misleading information about the Deferred Action program”
In the recent guidance issued by USCIS, the government continues to caution against the unauthorized practice of immigration law who may try to take advantage of immigrants by charging a fee to submit forms to USCIS. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for tips on filing forms, reporting scams and finding accredited legal services. Remember, the Wrong Help Can Hurt! An informational brochure and flyer are also available on www.uscis.gov.
To further help educate the immigrant community on applying for the new deferred action program, which will provide the opportunity to obtain relief from removal and a 2-year work permit, Richard Herman is conducting workshops in various parts around the country.Richard Herman has also launched a new website. “I launched www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer.com to help educate the community about the benefits, and risks, of the deferred action program, said Deferred Action Lawyer Richard Herman.
The website www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer will provide updates and clarifications on the Deferred Action process as they become known.Eligible individuals for the new Deferred Action program, as outlined in Napolitano’s memo, “Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities,” are those who:• Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;• Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012, and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged
veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor
offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national
security or public safety; and
• Are not above the age of thirty as of June 15, 2012.Those who have final deportation or removal orders, or are in removal proceedings, or who have never been detected by the government, are eligible to apply based on the above criteria.Those who prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these criteria may be granted deferred action/prosecutorial discretion, which will give them immunity from deportation for 2 years and the ability to apply for work authorization with no renewal limits.While many immigrants are eager to apply for Deferred Action relief, USCIS has alerted eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memorandum at this time. As stated by USCIS, “if you submit now, your application will be rejected.”Deferred action lawyers like Richard Herman are already getting a lot of phone calls from people looking for answers to their questions about the new immigration rule.”I’m getting calls from around the country from folks asking whether they are eligible for deferred action, where do they apply, when can they apply, and what documentation they will need to apply? I am informing individuals to stay in tough, refer to www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer.com for updates on the deferred action program, and to use this time wisely by collecting documentation of their eligibility, such as school records, medical records, affidavits, photographs, letters of good moral character, and other information that can help demonstrate that they meet the requirements relating to time of entry to the U.S., length of residency in the U.S., education or military service requirements, age requirements, and good moral character requirements relating to any criminal conviction history or security issues,” said Richard Herman.As a national authority on the economic contributions of immigrants to America, Richard Herman is encouraged by President Obama’s move to grant deferred action and support supporting immigrant talent, saying “Deferred Action will make our country more competitive in the global economy. Young people with Deferred Action status will be able to attend college and work upon graduation. Granting deferred action will allow these young people to live up to their fullest potential and contribute to the economic growth of our country. Deferred action will have important economic benefits. According to a recent UCLA study, students that would be impacted by deferred action could add between $1.4 to $3.6 trillion in taxable income to our economy over the course of their careers, depending on how many ultimately gain legal status. This income is substantially higher than the income they would earn if they were unable to attend and complete a college education. In fact, research indicates that the average college graduate earned nearly 60 percent more than a high-school graduate. We have much to gain from doing right by these young people”Recognizing that this Deferred Action program is a good step by the President but is not a substitute for comprehensive immigration law reform that must be passed by Congress, Immigration Lawyer Richard Herman said, “Congress has abdicated its duty to address the many immigration issues that have remain unresolved for decades. Our economy requires Congress to lead and pass comprehensive immigration law reform. As I argued in the book, “Immigrant, Inc.,” smart immigration reform will create jobs for Americans and make America stronger.”
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Richard Herman is an immigration attorney with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh. He serves clients in all 50 states. He has 18+ years of experience in immigration law, is AV-Rated, and listed in “Super Lawyers.” He is the co-author of “Immigrant, Inc. — Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and How They Will Save the American Worker).” (Wiley, 2009). He is one of the architects of a national movement to revitalize America’s economy through federal and local “immigrant friendly” policies. Herman travels the country as a speaker for the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition founded by Mike Bloomberg & Rupert Murdoch and comprised of 500 CEOs and Mayors who believe in the economic benefits of smart immigration law reform and in welcoming immigrants. He has appeared on FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and interviewed in USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., and in publications from around the world. He operates two websites: www.Deferred-Action-Lawyer.com and www.ClevelandohImmigrationLaw.com
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Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration attorney with 20+ years of experience representing families and businesses in all aspects of immigration law. Richard was voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years, Richard is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm serving clients in over 12 languages from offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, whose attorneys have represented diverse clientele, from Fortune 500 companies to undocumented workers, from technology entrepreneurs to NFL teams. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard has appeared FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek.

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