Important Update: The DAPA Program was rescinded by the Trump Administration as of June 2017.
President Obama’s sweeping changes to the immigration system includes the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA) that will potentially help over 4.1 million immigrants.
The executive order will allow parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who pass a background check and have been in the country since January 1st, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for up to three years at a time.
This brief fact sheet breaks down the new executive order for those who are interested in how the new classification may affect them.
Who does DAPA cover?
Undocumented individuals living in the U.S. on November 20th, 2014 who are the parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident regardless of the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident’s age. The undocumented individual must almost meet several requirements listed below.
What requirements does DAPA stipulate?
Qualified parents can request deferred action and employment authorization if they
-Have continually resided within the U.S. since January 1st, 2010
-Are the parents of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20th, 2014
-Are not an enforcement priority for removal from the U.S. pursuant to the November 20th, 2014 Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum (This area of the policy is still unclear at this time.)
When does DAPA go into effect and how does the DAPA process work?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue further clarification on the start date, process, and forms required under DAPA within approximately 180 days of the November 20th, 2014 announcement.
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