The new immigration reform – 2014 will streamline legal immigration to boost US economy and promote naturalization by providing many immigration benefits. The main Immigration benefits from the new Immigration reform are as under.

1. Deferred Action for Parents (DAP)

Parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (of any age) who have been continuously present since 1/1/10, and who pass background checks and pay taxes, will be eligible to apply for deferred action, which will be granted for a 3-year period.

2. Expansion of DACA

USCIS is accepting the applications for Expanded DACA w.e.f Feb 18, 2015

Update : Feb 17th, 2015  – USCIS not accepting any application for DACA Expansion.

3. EAD for H4 Visa Holders
The USCIS will start accepting the applications for EAD on May 26th, 2015. Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.alliedlegal.us/home/work-authorization-for-h4-visa-holders/

4. U/T Visas

Three more types of offenses will be added to the list of offenses for which DOL can certify for U status. No specifics were available regarding which offenses will be added. T visa eligibility may also come into play with respect to DOL.

5. Foreign Entrepreneurs

Certain investors will be able to be paroled into the U.S., or be granted parole in place if already in the United States, for job creation (no further details at this time).

6. Timing of Filing for Adjustment of Status

The ability of individuals with an approved employment-based immigrant petition who are caught in the quota backlogs to file for adjustment of status will be advanced to permit them to obtain the benefits of a pending adjustment.

7. OPT

The length of time in OPT for STEM graduates will be expanded and the relationship between the student and the school will be strengthened for this period.

8. I-601a Waivers

The provisional waiver will be expanded to include spouses and children of Green Card Holders. The definition of extreme hardship will be expanded and clarified.