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.

In the afternoon before President Obama’s address, Attorney Poudat has been interviewed by a large audience French News TV Channel, BFM Business, about current US Immigration challenges:

President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration reform has three main application fields:

  1. Provide additional resources at the border for the law enforcement personnel.
  2. Grant temporary authorization for illegal immigrants if they have been here for more than 5 years and have US Citizen / Legal Resident Children.
    In this case, they should register, pass a criminal background check, and assert that they will pay their taxes in order to apply for this temporary authorization. They will NOT obtain it if they had been convicted for a felony.
  3. Make it faster and easier for high skilled immigrants graduate and entrepreneurs to stay in the US and contribute to the economy.
    On this matter, the Executive Order launches a reflexion on removing unnecessary restrictions on natural career progression and general job mobility. It will also authorize parole to eligible inventors, researchers and founders of start-up enterprises who may not yet qualify for a national interest waiver, but who have been awarded substantial U.S. investor financing, or hold the promise of innovation and job creation through the development of new technologies or the pursuit of cutting-edge research. 

Among other measures, the Executive Order also expands:

  • The population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and  the period of DACA and work authorization (from two years to three years).
  • The use of Provisional Waivers of Unlawful Presence to include the spouses, sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents, and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizen.

Click here to obtain detailed information about the immigration reform on the official website.

Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned and has suspended implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. The court’s temporary injunction, issued February 16, does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the original guidelines. Please check back for updates.


Call Attorney Poudat, Board Certified Immigration Attorney in Orlando, Florida, today for more information and find out whether you qualify !