NNAAC welcomes President Obama's actions on immigration
The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement outlining the executive actions he will take on immigration. We fought, rallied and signed petitions for years and we are proud of all of the work that brought us to this announcement.
President Barack Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, Nov. 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
You must meet strict requirements to qualify for relief from deportation
- Eligible immigrants will have the opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation and work authorization if they come forward and pass criminal and national security background checks, pay their taxes, pay a fee, and show that they are: · A parent of US citizens or lawful permanent residents on the date of the announcement, are not enforcement priorities and have been in the US since January 1, 2010, or · An individual who arrived in the US before turning 16 years old and before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today Additionally, we are reducing the time that families are separated while obtaining their green cards. Undocumented immigrants who are immediate relatives of lawful permanent residents or sons or daughters of US citizens can apply to get a waiver if a visa is available.
You cannot apply for several months
- The U.S. government and specifically USCIS – will not begin accepting applications until early 2015. While the government is not accepting applications now, if you believe you are eligible for one or more of the initiatives, you can prepare by gathering documents that establish your identity, relationship to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident and show that you have continuously lived in the US for 5 years or more. See more here.