IMMIGRATION

 

Odeh Law can map your immigration journey from start to finish. 

Everyone’s immigration journey is unique and at the Law Offices of Reem Odeh we are here to simplify your immigration experience. Immigration law can be confusing whether you are coming to the US for pleasure, school, business, seeking asylum or are immigrating to the US to seek citizenship, you will face the legal process. Without the help of an experienced immigration attorney,  you may find the immigration process very difficult. Our attorneys will map your journey from start to finish and ensure that you are treated fairly.

Immigration Practice Areas

  • Family Immigration
  • Asylum
  • Citizenship
  • Green Cards
  • Deportation Defense


 

What Immigrants Need to Know About Executive Action

What Executive Action means:

  • Temporary relief of deportation for parents of U.S citizens, students and veterans who qualify
  • Improved waivers for those with pending citizenship to travel abroad and their ability to return to the states within a suitable time period
  • Better business opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs to drive economic growth and job opportunities
  • A prioritized focus on deporting felons over families

Executive action means the President has taken the first steps to improve the immigration laws. The President is offering Deferred Action or “temporary deportation reprieve” for a large selection of immigrants who meet the guidelines. This allows qualified individuals to extend their stay in the U.S and receive employment authorizations. This also means that if you meet the new requirements you can submit your request to USCIS even if you are currently in the process of being removed from the U.S or received final removal orders.

In approximately 180 days you may apply for Deferred Action if you are a parent of a U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident. Residence is required since January 1st, 2010 with a child born on or before November 20, 2014.

Those who were ineligible for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may be considered in 90 days. Current students, graduates and veterans of the U.S Armed Forces, who arrived to the U.S before the age of sixteen may soon apply for a temporary three year relief from deportation with no age cap and arrival date of January 1st, 2010. Previously, this was limited to individuals under the age of thirty one and arrival date of June 15th, 2007. Those who arrived to the U.S before their sixteenth birthday and are a current student, high school graduate, received a GED (general education development) certificate or veteran with honorable discharge are also referred to as the “Dreamers”. Any applicants with convictions such as felonies or multiple misdemeanors will not be considered.

Steps to take:
It is time to start collecting your documents and review all application guidelines. Gathering documents that prove your identity, relationship to U.S citizen or student status and continuous residency by the required date is a good place to start. It is strongly suggested to subscribe to USCIS.gov to receive accurate information and updates to the application process and procedures.

What to expect:
Applications are not currently being accepted. Be aware of scams and anyone requesting applications before the given time frame. Once application process is in effect, all requested forms and a total fee of $465 must be mailed to correct USCIS lock box or your request will be rejected. Find out if you or your loved ones qualify and be prepared. Now more than ever it is important to take action. However, Deferred Action does not “provide lawful status” and is determined on a case by case basis. On November 20, 2014 President Obama took critical steps to improve the immigration laws but it is Congress who has the ultimate power to finalize these changes. Final actions taken by the President are to increase the capabilities of foreign investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, and skilled workers and improving the ability of individuals with pending citizenship to travel abroad for necessary travel. Family unity and lowering the ten year wait time of return to the U.S with the advance permission of Homeland Security is the ultimate goal. This will include a closer examination of “extreme hardship” on families when they are separated for prolonged periods of time. Keep up to date on immigration reform: Subscribe to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

To learn more, PLEASE CONTACT AN ATTORNEY (be careful of offices that offer services in immigration and are not authorized to practice law).

At the Law Offices of Reem Odeh, both our of counsel immigration attorneys and staff strive to ease the difficulties of the immigration process for our clients. We believe that each and every person is entitled to create their dreams while being fairly treated by the law. If you or someone you care for are facing difficulties, it may be time to contact an immigration attorney.