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On June 18, 2024, President Biden announced a series of immigration actions using the authority granted to him by our existing immigration laws. These actions will help certain undocumented individuals in the United States, including:

  • Spouses and children of U.S. citizens who have been living in the United States for at least 10 years.
    • You may be eligible to apply for your green card without leaving the United States, if, as of June 17, 2024:
      • You are in the United States after entering without permission;
      • You have lived in the United States for at least 10 years and have never left;
      • You are legally married to a U.S. citizen or have a qualifying stepchild relationship with a U.S. citizen; and
      • You do not have certain criminal history or pose a threat to national security or public safety.
    • If you meet these criteria, the government MAY grant you parole-in-place.
      • Parole would be granted for a one-time period of three years.
      • You may also be eligible for employment authorization for up to three years.
    • If you are granted parole, you may apply for your green card within three years of approval.
    • Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • College-educated DACA recipients and Dreamers who are qualified for nonimmigrant status, such as an H-1B specialty occupation visa.
    • You may be eligible to apply for a temporary visa more easily, if:
      • You have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education; and
      • You have an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in a field related to your degree
Please note that these programs have NOT YET begun. Details on how to apply are expected to be released by the end of the summer through a Federal Register notice. This means:
  • You CANNOT submit an application at this time
  • You SHOULD NOT pay anyone a fee associated with filing an application at this time.
  • BE PATIENT and take the time to find the right The wrong advice could harm your chances of staying in the United States, getting lawful status, or becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • DON’T BE FOOLED by notarios and other consultants who promise immediate results or special solutions in order to steal your information. Many unscrupulous individuals will cost more than licensed attorneys! If you are unsure if someone is qualified to help, ask for proof of their credentials and retain a copy of that evidence.
This program could also be legally challenged, which could impact its implementation. This makes it even more important to have a qualified, knowledgeable attorney.
In the meantime, we encourage you to obtain the following documentation:
  • proof of identity, such as birth certificate, with certified English translation, if necessary, and passport.
  • proof of relationship (marriage) before June 17, 2024, and termination of prior marriages, i.e. marriage certificates, divorce decrees, etc.
  • evidence of physical presence before June 17, 2014, until the present, i.e. tax returns, leases, bank statements, insurance policies, utility bills, employment records, etc.
  • evidence related to criminal history, such as certified criminal records, certified final dispositions, police reports, etc.
  • evidence related to immigration history, such as immigration court documentation, prior applications, prior petitions, etc.
  • evidence related to good moral character and ties to the United States, such as tax returns, birth certificates of U.S. citizen children, letters of church involvement, etc.
Once you have the documentation and once the government announces details on how to apply, we encourage you to schedule a consultation by clicking here. If you are a client, please call our office at (704) 568-9228 or email us at info@lopezcarolinas.com.