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Updates on Federal Immigration Policies

Last updated: 7/5/16

Updates on Federal Immigration Policies

Learn about the laws and decisions that affect you.

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION

The original 2012 version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is in effect. “Deferred Action” protects some people from deportation. Immigrants can also get Massachusetts work permits and driver’s licenses. Applications and renewals are available.

Please be careful of scams. In many other countries, the word “notario” means someone is an attorney, but that is not true in the US. “Notarios,” notary publics, consultants, and businesses cannot give you immigration legal advice.

CENTRAL AMERICAN MINORS PROGRAM

This federal program helps families in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Eligible parents living in the US can request that their children still living in those countries join them in the US as refugees or parolees.

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BRINGING HAITIAN FAMILIES TOGETHER

This federal program allows US citizens to bring certain family members from Haiti to the US. The goal is to create a safer migration process.

TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS

This federal program is for certain citizens of foreign countries that the US has designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The US gives countries the status for rare and temporary conditions, including:

  • armed conflict

  • natural disaster, and

  • epidemics.

You can see a chart of countries and relevant dates.

Still have questions? Contact:
Immigrant Advancement
1 City Hall Square
Room 806
Boston, MA 02201-2030
United States
Need to Know

If you need to talk to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services about your case, call 1-800-375-5283 or make an appointment through their website.