President Obama has recently implemented a new policy which permits illegal immigrants to stay in the United States without being deported. Over 800,000 to 1 million immigrants will now be eligible for work permits! Could this have come at a better time? Imagine how many high school graduates could be enrolled in college for September!
This new policy decision states that immigrants are eligible to acquire work permits if they meet the following criteria outlined below:
- Under/before age 16 and are younger than 30 years of age
- Must be in, or graduated from, high school or have served in the military;
- Must not have not been convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors
- Must have resided in the US for a continuous period of five years
Thousands of people within the Asian Indian population can now pursue opportunities that would not have been possible without this law. Going to college is now possible without being burdened by outrageous tuition fees as they are now eligible for government and financial aid. However, this should not be confused with amnesty, immunity or a path to citizenship, according to President Obama. It’s a temporary fix to a huge problem within the US.
The Asian Indian population is third largest group of illegal immigrants and their presence within the US is growing. There are an estimated 3.2 million Asian Indians living in the U.S. However, 270,000 are illegal according to a 2010 Homeland Security report. According to Pews Research, thirty percent of those persons who are eligible will generally be of his Hispanic (excluding Mexico) and Asian origin. This new law shouldn’t be interpreted as only for Hispanics but for everyone that qualifies. All eligible persons should be racing to an immigration law office for more information on how to take advantage of this new policy because it is uncertain how the law will be challenged. Immigration law can be very technical to many so it is often best to get professional assistance.