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President Obama Announces Immigration Plan


Barbara M. Pineda, Administrator
Elkind Alterman Harston, PC
Telephone: 303.736.6650
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President Obama Announces Immigration Plan

Denver, Colorado, November 20, 2014 – Here are a few highlights from the President's planned executive action.

The President's plan as described includes:

  • Deferred Action for the parents of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children who entered the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010 and meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to individuals who entered the U.S. under age16 regardless of their age, entered the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010 and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Allowing spouses and children of lawful permanent residents to apply for unlawful presence waivers from within the U.S. and ensuring appropriate standards for adjudicating those waivers.
  • Granting parole in place for adjustment of status eligibility to more family members of individuals trying to enlist in the armed forces.
  • Certain investors will be able to be paroled into the U.S., or be granted parole in place if already in the United States, for job creation.
  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and founders will be eligible for national interest waivers.
  • Pre-registration for Adjustment of Status.  Individuals with an approved employment-based immigrant petition who are caught in the quota backlogs will be able to pre-register for adjustment of status to obtain the benefits of a pending adjustment. 
  • Increasing access for university affiliated businesses to key talent and improving the rules for OPT
  • Modernizing the PERM program and improving the AC-21 portability rules
  • Releasing new L-1B guidance
  • Directing agencies to look at modernizing the visa system, with a view to making optimal use of the numbers of visa available under law.
  • Announcement of a new border security campaign and plan and replacing the controversial Secure Communities program with a "Priority Enforcement Program" program.

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Palmer Polaski located in lower downtown Denver at Blake Street Terrace, offers a full line of services to fulfill employment-based and family immigration, deportation defense, asylum and refugee law. The partners bring more than 70 years of combined experience dealing exclusively with the complexities of the immigration process. All three partners are former Chapter Chairs of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers has ranked Palmer Polaski in the top tier of Colorado immigration law firms in their 2010 through 2014 issues of Best Law Firm rankings. The attorneys are supported by an nine-person staff that has years of experience working in the family-based and corporate immigration law sectors. The ever-changing world of post 9/11 America requires keeping up with all aspects of the flux of immigration law. Elkind Alterman Harston takes a high-touch approach to every case, serving as client advocates and educating employers and individuals as they navigate through the immigration process. The firm regularly represents clients throughout the state of Colorado including Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Pueblo, Summit County and throughout the United States and around the world. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit www.EAHimmigration.com or call 303-736-6650.

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