The first of the expanded immigration benefits granted by President Obama's executive action is slated to begin processing applications next week. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its new expanded form will provide benefits to a wider range of potential applicants. This expansion is likely to lead to a new wave of individuals seeking deferred action related benefits which includes a work authorization document to allow these individuals to work legally in the U.S. This is likely to lead to another wave of your employees receiving new work authorization documents later this year.
As a reminder, DACA is for those individuals that entered the U.S. prior to reaching age 16. The DACA program has been modified to allow individuals of any age to apply so long as they meet the requirement of having entered the U.S. prior to age 16 and have lived in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 2010 (the prior version of the program required continuous residence since June 15, 2007).