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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (ALIA) posted a consumer advisory warning regarding The Obama administration’s recent immigration announcement about the change of action by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) involving “low priority” deportation proceedings. Our firm has many received questions about this policy, and if these changes created any new conditions for applying for a work permit or “EAD” (Employment Authorization Document).
As the ALIA alert states below, the announcements regarding the changes of priority for deportations do not provide any way to apply for a work permit or “EAD”, nor is there a new way to apply to remain in the United States. The change announced is not about giving people work permits or legal status, and instead relates to cases already in removal proceedings.
Details from ALIA:
Do NOT believe anyone who tells you they can sign you up for a work permit (Employment Authorization Document or “EAD”) or get you legal status based on the Secretary Napolitano’s August 18, 2011 announcement. There is no “safe” way to turn yourself in to immigration, and no guarantee that your case will be considered “low priority.” ANY person who comes into contact with immigration authorities may be arrested, detained, or even removed.
Always remember that only a QUALIFIED IMMIGRATION LAWYER, like the members of our firm, can evaluate your case, and inform you about your rights. Contact our attorneys for a consultation about your immigration questions.