The new administration’s immigration reform plan puts a focus on keeping families together.
Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas of the Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is scheduled to appear on California radio and TV stations to discuss how the new administration’s immigration reform will affect DREAMERS.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plays a large role in President Joe Biden’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act. DACA protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but it does not provide a path to citizenship. Biden’s reform aims to change that and allow Dreamers to be eligible for a more streamlined avenue to permanent residence.
The reform would give Dreamers a direct route to permanent residence instead of first needing to obtain five to six years of temporary status as the rest of the 11 million immigrants will have to obtain. However, there are two possible pathways.
Guarderas stresses that in order for Dreamers to take advantage of this policy reform ASAP, they must start preparing and filing their documents right now.
Guarderas said, “The fastest way is to already have DACA. That is why it is best to file for DACA now so that you are eligible for permanent residence immediately if the reform passes.”
Otherwise, additional requirements would be required prior to becoming eligible for permanent residence. Dreamers would not only need to finish high school or equivalent, but also one of the following:
- At least two years of higher education at a university, community college or trade school;
- Prove a minimum of three years earned income;
- Or two years military service.
The reform will also give Dreamers the chance to apply for citizenship after three years.
If someone does not qualify under either of the above-mentioned groups, they will fall under the rest of the 11 million immigrants and will need to apply for temporary status for five to six years before they can become eligible for permanent residence.
Guarderas said, “Keeping our Dreamers informed is important in making an informed decision. Acting now by filing DACA immediately will open up the easiest pathway to permanent residence. Not only will Dreamers get lawful status now; but will also open the door to the fastest route to permanent residence under the new administration’s reform plan.”
Nancy Reyes Guarderas’ expertise is on immigration rights and visas, as she has been advocating and guiding her clients through the immigration process since 1998.
Guarderas has extensive experience filing affirmative and defensive applications for her clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. She has also conducted hearings before the United States Immigration Court, briefing and appealing before the Administrative Appeals Office, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Guarderas has helped thousands of clients with direct services, conducted community outreach for thousands of people, and trained hundreds of private and non-profit attorneys, social workers, and law students through panels, training, and guest lecturer opportunities at USC’s School of Social Work and Loyola Law School.
Listen to Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas discuss the latest changes to DACA on
Monday @ 7:00AM & 9:00AM on La Raza 97.9(KLAX-FM) & La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Terrible
Monday & Friday @ 8:35AM on Recuerdo 103.9/98.3 (KRCD-FM) with Maria Esther
Monday & Tuesday @ 1:15PM on Amor 100.3- Univision Radio (KBRG-FM) with Glorybella
Monday @ 3:10PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Erazno y La Chokolata
Tuesday @ 1:50PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo
Tuesday & Thursday @ 8:20AM on Que Buena 105.5/94.3 (KBUE-FM) with Don Cheto
Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Irma Covarrubias
Wednesday @ 2:25PM on LA 101.9 & Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSCA-FM & KSOL-FM) with La Bronca
Wednesday @ 4:45PM on K-LOVE 107.5- Univision Radio (KLVE-FM) with Ysaac Alvarez
Thursday @ 8:00 AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Alex “El Genio” Lucas
Thursday @ 1:00 PM on Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSOL-FM) with El Zorro
Thursday @ 6:00 PM on La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Compa Gil
Visit laligadefensora.com for a full interview schedule.
About Nancy Reyes Guarderas
Nancy Reyes Guarderas is an immigration attorney, licensed to practice in the State of California, since 1998. Prior to joining The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora, Mrs. Reyes Guarderas was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) as an immigration attorney. LAFLA serves as the frontline law firm for poor and low-income people in Los Angeles. She also serves as a regular Legal Analyst for Univision TV and Radio. Mrs. Reyes Guarderas delivers important legal information, explains nuances and complexities in immigration law and provides breaking news and analysis on the changing landscape of immigration legislation.
About the Matian Firm
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora, is a California-based immigration law, criminal defense, employment law, and personal injury law firm. Under the direction of the firm’s President, Shawn F. Matian, Esq., The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is dedicated to providing zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients. A continuous practice of reinvestment into the firm serves to enhance Matian’s mission. With a combined 40,000 square feet of newly built office space and over 175 employees, The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is one of the fastest-growing law firms in all of California.
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora has helped tens of thousands of clients with their immigration, criminal and injury cases, by providing excellent legal services. This consistent track record of outstanding work has been notably recognized by the legal community as evidenced by the many awards that have been bestowed upon the firm including: Super Lawyers | Rising Stars; The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Lawyers of Distinction Award; Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award; 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction; and Avvo’s Client Choice Award, amongst other accolades.
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