ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Since 1973, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) has been on the forefront of protecting the civil and labor rights of all workers in the United States. Through our grassroots and federal advocacy, LCLAA has supported the broad coalition of labor, civil, and immigrant rights group asking to fix the broken immigration system that has devastated immigrant communities.
ABOUT EXECUTIVE ACTION
Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned. The court's temporary injunction, issued February 16, does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to come forward and request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the guidelines established in 2012 and discussed below. Please check back for updates.
On November 20, 2014 President Barack Obama unveiled his Immigration Accountability Executive Action plan that aims to provide deportation protections for 4.9 million undocumented immigrants,replacing the detrimental Secure Communities program; reforming immigration enforcement priorities; and increasing border security. . The President’s executive action also includes plans to modernize the current visa system that has led to tremendous backlogs, especially in the family immigration process.
180 days after President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Action, those eligible for relief will be able to apply for work permits provided by the Obama administration.
The exact process has not been provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Until then, there is something else you need to know: with this announcement comes the risk of fraud. As administrative relief becomes a possibility, people posing as legal experts will try to take advantage of those in our community who are desperate to stay with their families. However, people need to know that paying an unqualified imposter for legal “advice” can waste time and money or, even worse, damage the possibility of actually benefiting from the president’s plan for immigration relief.
While this action does not fully protect the over 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country or fully fix our broken immigration system, it is a welcome initiative for Latino working families.
LCLAA will continue to advocate for broad and permanent immigration reform to ensure that all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants--workers, mothers, fathers, and children living and working in the United States--are able to contribute to our communities without fear. Now is the time for Congress to take President Obama’s lead to ensure that no family is left behind.
HOW TO PREPARE
LCLAA has partnered with iAmerica and adminrelief.org to provide resources and guidance through an online website for those seeking to legalize their status under this new action. This portal will host important information about, and assisting them with, collecting certain documents and information needed to determine their eligibility once the application process is open.
These are things you can do to get ready to file. Start getting in order the documents you might need for the application process, such as: (This list will be updated once the official application procedures are announced by the U.S. Government.)
PROOF OF IDENTITY:
- Birth certificate
- Certified passport or National identity document from your country of origin
- School or military ID with photo
- Any U.S. government immigration or other document bearing your name and photo
PROOF OF WHEN YOU CAME INTO THE US:
- Passport with admission stamp
- School records from the U.S. schools you have attended
- Travel records
- Hospital or medical records
- Official records from a religious entity confirming your participation in a religious ceremony
- Birth certificates of children born in the U.S.
- Dated bank transactions
- Deeds, mortgages, rental agreements contracts
- Tax receipts, insurance policies
PROOF OF IMMIGRATION STATUS:
- I-94/I-95/I-94W cards; any immigration papers from an immigration judge or immigration officer.