Impending Announcement by President Obama on Immigration Reform

According to the New York Times, Obama administration officials have indicated that the President will soon make an announcement regarding a new immigration policy that could “shield as many as five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits.” 

However, much remains murky.  It is not clear when that announcement will be made, who will be affected and what will be required to qualify. 

If a new policy or program is announced it is likely to be opened-ended which means there will not be an immediate deadline.  People who qualify will have time to file.  If you want to do something to prepare now, you should consider gathering certain documents and taking other steps. For more information about required documents, see the National Immigrant Justice Center fact sheet.

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