Obama's Immigration Reform: What Will Happen And When

by
Suzanne Robertson
President Obama has acted on deportation relief for millions. Now what happens?

President Obama has announced Executive Action on immigration reform. Now what happens?  Some reforms will happen immediately, others will take longer.

1. Relief For 4 Million From Fear of Deportation – Immediately.

Immigrants can’t file their application for 6-months, those who qualify for deferred action through a son or daughter that is a U.S. citizen will feel immediate relief.

2. President Selling His plan – Immediately.

Starting today, president Obama hits the road to sell his plan to the American public and put pressure on the GOP to get something passed in Congress.

3. Advocate Groups Will Organize Sign-Ups and Seminars – This Weekend.

Immigration groups will begin holding information sessions to help those impacted understand what they need to do ASAP. 

4. New Staffing and Resources at Border – Weeks.

According to a Department of Homeland Security memo, within 90 days there should be a realigning of personnel to accomplish these task forces, all while maintaining the “the surge of resources” sent to the U.S.-Mexico border during the unaccompanied minors crisis over the summer.

5. Credit Card Payments for Naturalization Fee — End of 2015.

The cost of naturalization is about $680 and only cash is accepted right now.  At the end of 2015, credit cards will be accepted. 

6. High Tech Worker Visa Adjustments – Unclear.

“I direct that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USCIS develop regulations for notice and comment to expand the degree programs eligible for OPT and extend the time period and use of OPT for foreign STEM students and graduates, consistent with law,” the memo outlines.

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