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On June 18, 2024, U.S. President Biden announced a series of immigration actions using the authority granted to him by existing U.S. immigration laws.

The Affirmative Relief Announcement refers to a policy update or executive action aimed at temporarily releasing certain undocumented immigrants from deportation and granting them work authorization. The announcement outlines eligibility criteria, application processes, and the scope of the relief provided.

It represents an effort by the government to address immigration challenges and offer protection to individuals contributing to society while Congress works on broader immigration reform.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications on August 19, 2024. If you apply before August 19 2024, the agency will reject your application. More information about eligibility and the application process will be published in a forthcoming Federal Register notice, and this blog will be updated accordingly.

Immigration Policy

At Kasturi Law, LLC, we are committed to assisting individuals and families in Illinois with over 27 years of legal experience. Our immigration and nationality law attorney, Shobhana Kasturi, is well-prepared to guide those who are eligible for Affirmative Relief. Here, we delve into the current state of the Announcement and its intended beneficiaries.

Who May Qualify for Affirmative Relief Once Applications are Available?

Applications for Affirmative Relief are not yet available.

However, the program is designed for spouses and children of U.S. Citizens who may be eligible to apply for a green card without leaving the U.S. if:

  • They are in the U.S. after entering without permission.
  • They have lived in the U.S. for at least ten years and have never left.
  • They are legally married to a U.S. citizen or have a qualifying stepchild relationship with a U.S. citizen.
  • They do not have a specific criminal history or pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If they meet the criteria, they may be granted “parole-in-place” for a one-time period of three years. This may include employment authorization for up to three years and the eligibility to apply for a Green Card within three years of approval without leaving the country.

In addition, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and Dreamers who qualify for non-immigrant status may be able to apply for a temporary visa more quickly if they have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution or higher education and have an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in the field of their degree.

At Kasturi Law, our immigration practice is driven by the desire to give a voice to those who most need it, including those seeking Affirmative Relief. When applications are available, we will help our clients navigate the process to increase their chances of being approved within the program.

Contact Our Immigration Attorney Today For a Consultation

Contact our immigration law firm today to schedule a consultation that suits your needs.

Whether you prefer an in-person meeting, a phone call, or a Zoom session, we are here to accommodate you. You can even schedule a consultation directly using our online calendar, choosing between 30-minute or 60-minute timeframes. We value your time and want to ensure that your immigration questions receive the attention they deserve, helping you move forward confidently, knowing that your needs are our priority.

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