The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service will be heavily scrutinizing the deferred action applications to guard against fraud. It is unfortunate, but some folks will likely submit fake documents to USCIS in an illegal attempt to demonstrate eligibility.
For this very reason, it is crucial that those looking to apply under the deferred action take their application seriously. A deferred action attorney should be consulted.
As the calls are coming into our office asking for counsel on this new policy, we are advising clients to document, document, document.
You should obtain school records, medical records, affidavits, photos, bills, anything you can find that shows that you arrived in the U.S. prior to your 16 birthday, that you lived continuosly in the years for the five years immediately preceding June 15, 2012, and that you are not over age 30.
Particularly sensitive cases will be those fact scenarios where the individual arrived close to but not after their 16th birthday, or where they resided in the U.S. a little over 5 years in the period preceding June 15, 2012.
Consult wiht a Deferred Action Lawyer, an experienced immigration lawyer, because the USCIS will be highly suspicious of applicants who JUST made the timing eligilbity.
Again, document, document, document.
The new deferred action immigration law is a great opportunity, but do not take the requirements lightly.
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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.