Several weeks ago, President Obama announced changes to current immigration policy that will protect nearly 65,000 undocumented people in Massachusetts from deportation (“Administrative Relief”). Because the policies have not been put into law yet, at this time no applications are available for individuals.
This means that it’s very important to be careful of scams, from either “notarios” or immigration consultants that ask you to pay money for assistance. You should NOT be paying anyone any money at this time for advice. Also, remember only a licensed attorney can give legal advice.
The applications for relief will be ready between February and May of 2015. When the applications become available, there will be free legal clinics offered through the City of Boston Office of the New Bostonians for those who qualify. Others may need to contact a private lawyer. A good place to start your search is with the Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service. All of our lawyers are licensed and experienced to help you with your immigration needs. You can contact us by the phone at 617-742-0625 or online here.
We will be updating our website with more information about the immigration policy changes as they are announced, so check back with us later for more details.