USCIS Will Begin Accepting “Expanded DACA” Applications on February 18, 2015

In response to President Obama’s November 2014 executive orders on immigration, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting applications for “Expanded DACA” on February 18, 2015.  While application forms are not yet available, interested parties may sign up for e-mail updates at the official website.

You may be considered for “Expanded DACA” if you:

  • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
  • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
  • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.

Remember, you will be able to obtain free forms on the website once they are available.  However, USCIS will require an application fee.

USCIS will provide updates as to the other components of President Obama’s November 2015 announcement (such as Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of provisional waivers of unlawful persence) within the coming weeks.


History and Law: Article on Guatemalan Asylum Featured in AILA’s VOICE

I’m excited to announce that the American Immigration Lawyers Association has published my article on the importance of history education in the practice of immigration (particularly asylum) law. History and law are inextricably entwined, I argue, and a strong historical understanding of and appreciation for our clients’ situations make us much stronger advocates.

Click the following link to read the full article:

National Migration Week 2015

What a great weekend! To celebrate National Migration Week, the Catholic Charities office in Northeast Mississippi invited me to Vardaman, Houston, and Tupelo, Mississippi, this past Thursday to Saturday to present on President Obama’s recent executive order and to offer legal clinics for interested community members. Nearly 100 people attended the weekend’s events!

Thanks to all who came and participated, as well as to the Catholic Charities-Northeast Mississippi Office in Vardaman, St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Houston for your hospitality. Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Mis Valles restaurant in Vardaman for the wonderful meals!

Season’s Greetings from / Felices Fiestas de The Law Offices of Amelia S. McGowan, PLLC!

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015! /  ¡Les deseamos usted y su familia una Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo!

A Conversation with Justices Kagan and Scalia at Ole Miss

Justices Scalia and Kagan at Ole Miss on December 15, 2014

Mississippi law students, attorneys, and judges alike had a wonderful opportunity today as Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Antonin Scalia shared their thoughts on law school, legal philosophy, and the inner-workings of the Court this morning at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

While the two justices often spar over important legal issues, their collegiality and genuine friendship was obvious and inspiring.  We appreciate and applaud the University of Mississippi School of Law for hosting this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Thank you!

The Law Offices of Amelia S. McGowan, PLLC, is celebrating its first anniversary!

We’d like to thank our friends, family, and wonderful clients for their support and trust in us.

Más información sobre el fraude notarial / estafas de inmigración

Un video corto sobre el fraude notarial / estafas de inmigración: