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Immigration law update: DACA discontinued

Beginning in 2012, hundreds of thousands of children born to immigrants residing in the United States without proper documentation (including perhaps many here in New Orleans) received a reprieve from potential deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed those children to remain in the country to work or attend school for a period of two years. At the expiration of that time, they could reapply for another two years. It is important for those relying on this particular immigration law to know that it has been discontinued.

Immigration law changes require interviews for status updates

There are millions of people in this country holding visas under any number of categories. In the past, many of them, including many here in New Orleans, were able to update their status without the need for an interview, but not anymore. Now, immigration law requires interviews for many of these visa holders, which could cause delays, especially without the appropriate preparation.

What does immigration law say about adjusting your status?

After spending time here in New Orleans on one of many different visas, an individual may decide that he or she wants to stay here on a more permanent basis. In order to do so, a status change will need to be made by filing a petition to immigrate. This is done through an immigration law process and may result in the receipt of a green card for those who qualify.

'Prosecutorial discretion' is not part of immigration law

For those New Orleans residents who are not yet United States citizens, there is more than likely a growing concern regarding the ability to remain in the country. Immigration law is being enforced in ways not seen for several years, if not decades. In fact, "prosecutorial discretion," which is not part of the current law, may be disappearing when it comes to undocumented and documented immigrants.

State Dept. moves to make 'extreme vetting' program permanent

In May, the Trump Administration announced the release of a new questionnaire that would be administered to some applicants for U.S. visas. The questionnaire was meant to provide more detailed information on any visa applicants consular officials felt warranted additional scrutiny.