3 Things You Need to Know About President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

The President has announced a series of executive actions directly affecting our current immigration laws.   These changes affect millions of individuals residing in the United States.  Here are 3 Things you should know:

  1. It Protects Immigrant Parents From Deportation and Grants Work Permit.

One of the biggest changes that will be made by the president’s executive order is the creation of a similar deferred action program for illegal immigrant parents of United States citizens or permanent resident “green-card” holders. The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) will allow eligible parents of United States citizens or permanent residents “green-cards” to avoid deportation and apply for work permit for three years if they have been in the United States continuously for five years.

  1. It Removes the Age Cap for ‘Dreamers/DACA.’

Those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the group of children known as “Dreamers,” will be expanded under President Obama’s executive order. DACA previously allowed those who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 to avoid deportation and receive work permits. But eligibility was limited to only those born after June 15, 1981. This birthdate limitation has been lifted, and even undocumented immigrants who are in their 40s (who were brought here as children) will be able to apply for DACA.

  1. Expands the Provisional Waiver Requirements

Currently, the provisional waiver program announced in 2013 only covers sons/daughters of United States citizens and spouse/son/daughters of lawful permanent residents “green-card” holders.  This initiative will expand the provisional waiver program announced in 2013 by allowing the spouses, sons or daughters of lawful permanent residents and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens to get a waiver if a visa is available.  This order also will clarify the meaning of the “extreme hardship” standard that must be met to obtain a waiver.

These changes have not yet been implemented, so beware of scammers/notaries offering to help submit these applications. Instead, speak to a legitimate, trustworthy immigration attorney about what you can do while President Obama’s executive immigration orders takes effect.

At the Florida Immigration Law Counsel we are here to assist and provide information to you.  We are committed to guiding you through this process and encourage you to seek legal representation to determine if you or a loved one will be affected by these new laws.  Please send all inquiries to saman@FL-ILC.com or contact us at (954) 240-1669.


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Attorney Saman Movassaghi, Esq.

Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez can personally understand the struggle of immigrants and the children of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law. Because of this, she dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each and every client, and she is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.

Saman Movassaghi makes it her goal to provide you with only the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!