Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability
(First in a series on getting informed, preparing, and applying)
December 9, 2014
On November 20, 2014 a new administrative action was announced by President Obama. It encompasses an expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a new but parallel program for parents of US Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
On that date, Department of Homeland Security published initial policies and procedures.
Here is what you need to know:
- Upper age limit has been eliminated. Under original DACA program those that were born before June 21, 1981 were not eligible. Now as long as one came into US prior to 16th birthday and meets other criteria, can apply
- DACA status and related work authorization will be for three years starting with all initial applications or renewals submitted as of November 24, 2014
- DACA eligibility will apply to those in the country as of January 1, 2010 instead of June 15, 2007 as per the original DACA program
- USCIS will accept applications under new criteria starting February 20, 2015 (approximately)
- People will be eligible for DAPA if they have a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident child as of November 20, 2014
- Need to have resided continuously in US since January 1, 2010, have been physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014 and physically present in US when application is submitted to USCIS
- No lawful status as of November 20,2014 (must have entered illegally or overstayed a visa)
- Cannot be a deportation priority because of criminal background or threat to national security
- DAPA applicants can apply for work authorization; term of DAPA status and work authorization will be three years
- Cost for application is a total of $465 (includes biometrics)
- USCIS will begin to take applications starting May 20, 2015 (approximately)
If you have questions or concerns about your immigration status consult only with an attorney or a BIA accredited representatives. For more information and how to avoid notario fraud, visit http://www.telamon.org/immigration.aspx. On that page, you can also subscribe to Telamon’s immigration feed to communications for getting prepared and how to apply for DACA/DAPA benefits.