DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and other alternatives such as TPS (temporary protected statuts) do exist to obtain temporary status in the United States, even if the foreign national is present without any valid documentation. These options are available on a case-by-case basis based on the person’s country of origin, date of arrival, the length of residence in the United States, the presence of arrests or criminal records, and several other criteria, depending on which exception the person qualifies for.

DACA

Individuals who came to the United States as children and meet certain criteria may be allowed to stay in the country and work for a period of two years,...

TPS

Some foreign nationals may qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provided they meet specific criteria announced by USCIS. This...

Prosecutorial Discretion

The agency (Immigration and Customs Enforcement- ICE) can decide under specific circumstances not to deport an individual who may...

Obama’s Reform

On November 20th, 2014 President Obama made a 15 minutes address to explain an Executive Order he was about to take on U.S. immigration....