As most people saw in the news last night, President Obama has approved a series of executive actions that will extend certain immigration benefits to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The three major initiatives that will affect these undocumented immigrants are (a) expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years; (b) allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks; and (c) expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam. Seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney or in the alternative an immigration organization dully authorized to represent people before USCIS to assist you in these initiatives.

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