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What Texas Residents Need to Know About Current Changes in Immigration

This is our first post in a series discussing what undocumented Texas residents need to know about current changes in immigration. The Obama administration began the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012, and USCIS has been accepting and granted DACA applications ever since.  February of 2014 was to mark the acceptance of the first wave of deferred action applications under the expanded program. A recent injunction was granted by a District Court Judge in Texas, however, and this has caused a delay in the new program.

In this series we will seek to explain what undocumented Texas residents need to know in regards to these new measures. Topics we will discuss include:

  • Who is eligible to apply for DACA
  • Who is eligible for apply for DAPA
  • Whether one should apply for deferred action if they have already applied for a different type of visa or green card
  • What to consider if you have been arrested or convicted of a crime before applying
  • How the Texas injunction effects immigrant plans to apply for deferred action
  • How families should proceed until the lawsuit is settled

When it comes to new immigration programs, many undocumented Texas residents who have been living in the state for an extended period of time may feel confused and frustrated by the latest setback. Throughout this series we will attempt to explain all of the information that is available up until this point, and provide additional updates as they become available.

The best thing is to contact an Austin immigration lawyer if you are an undocumented Texas resident and are unclear about different types of relief, visas, and deferred action that you may be eligible for. Many persons may be eligible for relief or benefits that they are unaware of. If you have not spoken to an immigration attorney previously then do not assume that you are without options. Contact our office today. We service all of Travis County.

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