CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to President Obama's Executive Order allowing certain young people to remain in the country without fear of deportation, Chicago-based VISANOW (1-855-60-DREAM) has established the first and only online application backed by a team of experienced attorneys and a dedicated customer support team for the two-year waiver, also known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
On August 15, 2012, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), began accepting requests for deportation waivers, thousands of undocumented immigrants across the country flooded their local advocacy offices seeking help and guidance, with more than 14,000 people lining up and around Chicago's Navy Pier, many of whom did not receive the help they sought. Not surprisingly, for many young, undocumented immigrants seeking deferred status the process for obtaining the reprieve is rife with confusion and one that, if not properly filed, could lead to deportation proceedings. It is estimated that nearly 1.7 million young people are eligible for relief.
"The benefits of deferred action are what young, immigrant youth and their families have been hoping for. However, we must help to protect them from notarios and unscrupulous, inexperienced and costly lawyers who may seek to take advantage of the community. VISANOW provides experienced, trusted, successful and affordable assistance to our immigrant youth and families," said Marty Castro, VISANOW spokesperson, a long-time local and national community leader, immigrant advocate and attorney.
At VISANOW, whose attorneys have decades of extensive immigration experience, including representation of clients before the United States Supreme Court, applicants are guided through a comprehensive process that helps them determine first and foremost whether they are eligible for deferred action. Further, they learn about specific eligibility requirements and how each must be fulfilled. Plus, their team of experienced immigration attorneys maintains close communication with the individual throughout the application process. Applicants also receive unrivaled attorney response time, 24-hour access to information worldwide, faster form completion and submittal times, low, fixed costs, and dedicated customer support. In addition, VISANOW boasts a steady 99 percent approval rate. "Following the Navy Pier event VISANOW fielded over 1,000 calls regarding deferred action," said Castro, "and no one had to wait in a long line, since the complete process occurs online."
In addition, given the complexity of immigration law and the unprecedented number of applications, forms are likely to be closely scrutinized by USCIS, which underscores the importance of working with people who are familiar with what, for many, is a very complicated six-page form. "It is crucial for DACA applicants to complete the paperwork with the utmost care and attention," said Robert C. Meltzer, Chief Executive Officer of VISANOW. "Any errors, including insufficient data, on the applications could lengthen one's waiting time. Plus, if an applicant cannot adequately respond to a USCIS request for more information, he or she could be denied the waiver."
VISANOW strongly recommends that people with criminal records have their offenses thoroughly reviewed by an experienced immigration attorney before applying for DACA, since USCIS will be sharing information obtained through the application with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol in order to identify or prevent fraudulent claims, raise national security concerns, or investigate or prosecute a qualifying criminal offense. "A person could, in effect, place himself or herself into removal proceedings by applying for DACA," said Castro.
In addition, USCIS officers reviewing the applications will receive minimal supervision, another reason why each case must be prepared clearly and meticulously. Once a DACA application is denied it cannot be appealed.
Since 1998, VISANOW attorneys have provided tens of thousands of visas to visit, work, or join family members. We specialize in placing foreign nationals in U.S. companies and assisting placement of U.S. employees in foreign locations. We provide comprehensive legal expertise, unparalleled customer service, and patented online technology, to make this process as efficient as possible. According to analyst research, as much as 97% of the immigration process is administrative. Using our patented online process, we have automated the non-legal aspects of this document-intensive process, allowing attorneys to spend more time focusing on important legal issues. Clients experience reduced time commitments and costs, increased responsiveness, and improved access to information.