The expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) begins on February 18, 2015. On that day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications under the expanded guidelines announced by the President in November of 2014. The DACA program grants a period of deferred action for eligible individuals who entered the U.S. before the age of 16. With deferred action, the government agrees to issue an Employment Authorization card and not deport an individual.
Eligibility under the new DACA program includes the following changes:
- There is no age limitation, the applicant no longer has to have been born before Jun 15, 1981;
- Applicants must prove continuous presence in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 (the prior continuous presence date was June 15, 2007).
- Approved applicants will receive deferred action and work authorization for three years instead of two.
All other DACA guidelines remain the same. To find out if you qualify under the new program, please schedule a consultation.
See the full requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Murphy Law Firm welcomes new attorney Stephen J. Antwine. Stephen has a diverse legal background having worked with immigrant communities in Ohio, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. He started his career with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland where he advocated for victims of domestic violence and represented low income clients in divorce, custody and housing matters. Additionally, he developed an outreach program designed to increase legal services available to the immigrant community.
In private practice in Nebraska, he defended clients in juvenile and felony criminal cases. Most recently, he has represented families facing mortgage foreclosure and eviction on behalf of MidPenn Legal Services in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also litigated family law cases involving custody, relocation and dependency.
Stephen is a 2006 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Russian. He will be helping clients in the West Chester, PA, Gettysburg, PA, and Georgetown, DE offices.
Murphy Law Firm has opened a new location in Gettysburg, PA in order to better serve our clients in the Adams County, York County, and Franklin County region. The location is also a convenient distance to both the York Immigration Court and the Baltimore Immigration Court.
The new location is in the carriage house behind the Elizabeth Keyes House at 223 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA. Appointments will be available on Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00. Call the main office at 610-436-7555 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to a more convenient place to meet our clients from the region and expanding our services to new clients in search of help with their immigration matters.