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I was wondering if It is better to apply for prosecutorial discretion through OCC or USIC.

Lawrenceville, GA |

My lawyer applied for my prosecutorial discretion through OCC and I am hoping to change my lawyer because I don't think he knows what he is doing. Since under the obama policy, I can get a work permit. He applied via OCC before August 15th and haven't heard from them since. Now he is telling me if he wants me to apply via USIC he will. I am just confused because he is asking me instead of him giving me advise as to what to do. I am worried there will be a conflict since he already applied via OCC and if I go via USIC, I have the chance of getting rejected due to duplicate of applications. I am in removal process as well.

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Listen to your attorney. You are in removal proceedings which means only the Office of Chief Counsel can agree to prosecutorial discretion. That's a different process than the new deferred action process for child arrivals announced by the President on June 15. You can also apply for the deferred action if you qualify. Your chances are not hampered by asking twice or asking for benefits through two different processes. Finally, your attorney is supposed to discuss the options with you and your obligation is to decide which option you prefer.

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Listen to your attorney. He was simply using the available options before 8/15 and with deferred action now a possibility he is discussing that option as well.

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Your attorney is doing the right thing here.


The request through OCC and the request through USCIS are two different processes. Starting tomorrow, the 15th, you'll have the opportunity to ask through USCIS - regardless of if OCC has made a decision in your case or not. Your attorney seems to be keeping all avenues of relief open for you.

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