On November 20, 2014, the President took executive action regarding immigration. You might be wondering how this affects you or your friends and family. Here's who can benefit: young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010. Parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010. Applicants for provisional waivers of unlawful presence and applicants for employment based visas. Applications will not be accepted until the spring of 2015 but there are things you can be doing now to prepare. Gather your important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and your past five tax returns. If you don't have the past five years of your tax returns call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 and request a transcript. Make a list of the names and dates and addresses for your past employment for the past five years. Most importantly, find an attorney you trust now, preferably one who specializes in immigration. A notary is not an attorney and it is illegal for a notary to perform legal services. At Salmon & Haas we have many years of experience in immigration law. If you need help understanding how Obama's new programs could affect you, or your friends and family contact us today for a free consultation.