What is the new DAPA Program and how can I prepare?

The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) is a discretionary program administered by U.S Immigration Services to provide temporary relief from deportation and to provide work authorization to undocumented parents of  United States Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

The Program will be open to individuals who:

  • Have a United States born or lawful permanent resident son or daughter as of November 20, 2014;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010;
  • Were physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014, and at the time of applying;
  • Have no lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014;
  • Are not an enforcement priority, which is defined to include individuals with a wide range of criminal convictions (including certain misdemeanors), those suspected of gang involvement, terrorism, recent illegal entrants, and other immigration law violators;
  • That there be no other factors that would render a grant of deferred action inappropriate; and
  • Pass a background check.

YOU CANNOT APPLY NOW. The Program should be ready to receive applications within 180 days from the announcement (May 19, 2015).

What should you do now? PREPARE YOURSELF!

  1. Have your passport ready.
  2. Have your birth certificate ready.
  3. Have the birth certificates of your children ready.
  4. Collect documentation to show that you were physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014.
  5. Collect documentation to show that you have lived and resided in the United States since prior to January 1, 2010.
  6. Have your taxes in order.
  7. Save money to cover legal fees.

Call our office and make an appointment if you need additional assistance, especially if you have any legal proceedings, arrests, detention, or deportation orders.

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