Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Under DACA, certain undocumented immigrants to the United States who entered the country as minors and meet other requirements can receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for employment.  

In accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020 order, USCIS is accepting first time DACA request. To be eligible you must:

  1. Have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Have entered the U.S. before you turned 16 years old;
  3. Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 up to the present time;
  4. Have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time you are applying for DACA;
  5. Have had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. Currently enrolled in school (or have returned to school), graduated, obtained certificate of completion (e.g. GED) OR be an honorably discharged U.S. veteran; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, or three or more misdemeanor offenses, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

It is important that you consult with an immigration attorney, or a Department of Justice accredited representative before you decide to apply.

You may renew your DACA if you:

  1. Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  3. Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

To renew your DACA status or to submit your initial request, please call our office at 313-251-8282 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment from this website.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

TPS is a form of humanitarian relief granted to countries ravaged by natural disasters or war and allows citizens of those countries to remain in the U.S. until the situation improves back home. Countries currently designated for TPS are:  El Salvador, Haiti,  Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

ALERT: On March 12, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Burma for 18 months.

ALERT: On March 8, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Venezuela for 18 months.

TPS can thus be granted to an individual who is a national of a designated country, has filed for status during a specified registration period, and who has been continuously physically present in the U.S. since a designated date.

During a designated period, TPS holders are:

  • Not removable from the U.S. and not detainable based on his or her immigration status;
  • Eligible for an employment authorization document (EAD); and
  • Eligible for travel authorization.

To discuss your eligibility for TPS or renewal of your TPS status, please call our office at 313-251-8282 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment from this website.

Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

On March 8, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 9, 2021, through Sept. 9, 2022.

Eligibility:

  • Registration Period: March 9, 2021 – September 5, 2021
  • Continuous Residence in the U.S. Since: March 8, 2021
  • Continuous Physical Presence in the U.S. Since: March 9, 2021

If you are applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Venezuela’s designation, effective March 9, 2021, you must register during the 180-day registration period that runs from March 9, 2021, through Sept. 5, 2021. Once the Applicant is granted TPS, they are authorized to work. If the individual applied for an EAD.

Government Filing Fee:

The Applicant Is

Applicant’s Age

I-821 Fee

Biometric Services

I-765 Fee

Total

Submitting their first TPS application and requesting an EAD

Younger than 14

$50

$0

$0

$50

14-65 years old

$50

$85

$410

$545

66 and older

$50

$85

$0

$135

Submitting their first TPS application and are not requesting an EAD

Younger than 14

$50

$0

N/A

$50

14 and older

$50

$85

N/A

$135

To discuss your eligibility for TPS, please call our office at 313-251-8282 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment from this website.

Parole in Place for U.S. Military Families (PIP)

Parole in place (PIP)is a program for certain undocumented family members of U.S. military personnel allowing them to stay temporarily in the United States and, if eligible, subsequently allowing them to apply for adjustment of status (a green card).

You may be eligible for parole in place if you meet the following requirements:

  1. You are physically present in the United States.
  2. You were not previously “admitted,” meaning that you entered the country unlawfully.
  3. You are the spouse, widow(er), parent, son, or daughter of:
    • An active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces;
    • An individual in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve;
    • A military veteran (whether living or deceased, as long as he or she was not dishonorably discharged) who served in active duty or in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.
  1. You do not have a criminal conviction or other serious adverse factors.

Once you have obtained approval for your PIP application and there is no other reason why you may be inadmissible to the United States (such as a prior removal order), you may be eligible to apply for legal permanent residence (a green card) based upon your U.S. citizen immediate family member, such as a child who has reached the age of 21.

To discuss whether you meet the requirements for Parole in Place, please call our office at 313-251-8282 to schedule an appointment or  request an appointment from this website.