First details of Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions”

by | Nov 20, 2014 | Firm News |

After months of anticipation- and following years of hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform- President Obama today finally announced an outline of his “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions”.

With just basic details released so far, we still do not know exactly who will qualify for the new program, but should generally be able to help-

1. Parents of US citizens or lawful permanent residents as of November 20, 2014, who are not enforcement priorities and have been in the US since January 1, 2010 OR

2. Individuals who arrived in the US before turning 16 years old and before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today.

Applicants will also need to pay their taxes, and pass national security background checks.

Additionally, the “provisional waiver” program which allowed the undocumented spouses of United States citizens to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility before leaving the U.S., will be expanded to the parents and spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Because of the lengthy visa availability wait times, the family members of lawful permanent residents may not be able to actually file for waivers until after Obama leaves office. This would create a serious potential risk. On the other hand, the increased likelihood of being able to proceed under the provisional waiver program is a reason why the family members of lawful permanent residents may want to begin the visa petition process right away.

There are a few more key cautions, as well.

First, and most importantly, it is not yet possible to apply for benefits. The government will need to generate new forms, filing procedures, and other key aspects of the application process.  Therefore, do not pay anyone claiming th can file your application right now.

One exception is that people in removal proceedings with an upcoming hearing, should consider requesting a delay or administrative closure of those proceedings if they appear to qualify for the new program. This, however, should be discussed in detail with an immigration attorney, as it may actually be a better idea to go ahead with the case.

Additionally, as a trade off for the increased benefits, the government has said that it will place increased emphasis on deporting foreign nationals who arrived after January 1, 2014 or how have criminal records. It is our understanding there will be new, more specific, guidance forthcoming on the criminal issues. Nonetheless, foreign nationals facing criminal problems may potentially now be in more danger of deportation than previously.

As discussed above, there is now an incentive for more family members of lawful permanent residents to apply for residency. While this is a possible benefit for those foreign nationals, it could lead to longer wait times for other family-based immigrant visa petitions.

Again, this is just a preliminary assessment based on initial information. Undoubtedly the full impact of this program will hinge on details which should be coming soon. Those potentially helped- or hurt- by the new program should follow the news, this blog, and consult with an experienced immigration attorney before filing anything.

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Big News- Firm Merger and Consolidation to Oakland!

Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor has formed Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

San Francisco Office has Moved to Join Oakland Office

We are thrilled to announce the merger of Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor, two highly respected Bay Area immigration law firms, which took place in April 2021. The new firm, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combines decades of immigration experience in the subfields of family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, humanitarian visas, and criminal immigration.

Additionally, the former Park & Taylor office in San Francisco has moved to join the Oakland office at 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. While the office is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, our staff is still available by phone, email, and text message, and all consultations and client appointments will continue by phone or video. We look forward to physically reopening our expanded and improved Oakland office when it is safe to do so.

Partners Jesse Lloyd and Anita Mukherji, both certified specialists in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar, lead the firm. Karyn Taylor has joined as Of Counsel, and Angela Bean remains as partner and Anna von Herrmann as Of Counsel. The Park & Taylor staff have brought their two decades of experience to the team.

Please contact us at (510) 433-1900 or with any inquiries.

¡Anuncio importante- Unión y Consolidación de Dos Bufetes! Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor han Formado Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

La oficina de Park & Taylor se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland

Estamos emocionados de anunciar la unión entre Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor, dos bufetes de inmigración muy respetados en el Área de la Bahía, lo cual ocurrió en abril del 2021. El bufete nuevo, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combina décadas de experiencia en inmigración familiar, defensa de deportación, asilo, visas humanitarias, e inmigración criminal.

Además, la antigua oficina de Park & Taylor en San Francisco se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland en 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Nuestra oficina está temporalmente cerrada al público debido a COVID-19. Nuestro personal seguirá estando disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y texto. Todas las consultas y citas de clientes, continuarán por teléfono o videollamada. Estamos emocionados para reabrir físicamente nuestra ampliada y mejorada oficina de Oakland cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Los socios Jesse Lloyd y Anita Mukherji, dos especialistas certificados en ley de inmigración y nacionalidad por la Barra del Estado de California, dirigen el bufete. Karyn Taylor es abogada retirada pero se ha unido al bufete, Angela Bean permanece como socia y Anna von Herrmann sigue siendo parte del bufete. El personal de Park & Taylor ha compartido sus dos décadas de experiencia con el equipo.

Por favor contáctenos al (510) 433-1900 o con sus preguntas.

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