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What you need to know about administrative relief

Mujeres Latinas en Acción applauds President Obama’s executive action that will provide temporary relief for nearly five million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The victory today was the work of many immigrants and activists, but the victory was bittersweet. Many were left out of last night’s relief. We will continue fighting until all of our friends and families are free from fear of deportation. In the meantime, read on to learn more about executive relief and how to prepare for what is to come. 

President Obama’s Executive Action includes

  • Temporary relief from deportation to some groups of immigrants (read more about specific requirements)
    • Temporary relief for parents of U.S. citizen children and lawful permanent residents who fit certain criteria
    • Expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 
  • Increased border security
  • Increased opportunities for high-skilled workers
  • Deportations focused on “felons, not families”
    • Criminals and felons who are suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.

As we prepare for administrative relief, keep in mind

There is no administrative relief just yet. President Obama’s announcement does not mean immediate relief.  Administrative relief has not gone into effect just yet and registration will start in May 2015. 

Do not apply for anything yet, the forms have not been released. Do not hire a notario; they are not lawyers and cannot give immigration advice.

To prepare for administrative relief, IL is Ready recommends you start gathering documents including:

1. Identity Documents- Obtain original birth certificates, passports, consular identification or any other identity documents such as marriage and/or divorce certificates or adoption records.

2. Taxes- Make sure your taxes are filed, paid, and accurate.

3. Arrests- Obtain certified dispositions for any arrest or conviction.

4. Physical Presence for the Past 5 Years- Collect records to show that you have lived in the United States since January 1st 2010, such as leases, medical records, bank records, and/or employment records.

5. Start Saving- The application cost will be $465.00

Administrative Relief Resources

National Immigrant Justice Center: Information about the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents

Illinois is Ready: A resource for Illinois residents looking for trainings and more information about administrative relief. Sign up for notifications. 

Administrative Relief Resource Center: Get national updates and resources on administrative relief. Sign up for notifications

November 21, 2014 | 10:12 AM