Recently, President Obama issued an Executive Order that made it possible for many more people who entered the United States illegally to avoid being deported immediately. This has the potential to change the lives of millions of people. In order to see if you are eligible for the changes that have been made to immigration law through the Executive Order, you will want to talk to an immigration counselling lawyer. To make sure that you get the most out of your appointment with this lawyer, you want to collect documents that establish at least two of the following three characteristics of your situation.
You want your documents to clearly state who you are, where you are from, and any other information that is central to your identity. The reason why you need your documents to establish this is because the immigration counselling lawyer cannot help "you" if he or she does not know who "you" are. You will want to look for identification documents that are from your country of origin, such as birth certificates or driver's licenses, as well as any identification documents that you may have gained during your time in the United States.
If you have children, you will want to make sure that you have all of their identification documents as well, especially a birth certificate if they were born in the United States.
2. Continuous Residence in the United States for Five Years or More
You will also want to show that you have lived in the United States continuously for five years or more. One way that you could do this is by bringing pay stubs from all of your jobs that you worked while in the United States, or at least bank statements that show that money from an American company was deposited over the course of five years. You could also bring copies of the leases that you might have signed in order to rent places to stay. All of these will help your immigration counselling lawyer assist you in making the most of your executive order.
3. Proof of Relation With a US Citizen
Many people will not be able to produce documents that prove this fact, but if you have a child that was born in the United States or have a close relative that is a permanent resident, you will want to bring proof in order to help your case.
For more information, contact an immigration counselling law office, like Kriezelman Burton & Associates, to find out more.