DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTS (DAPA)
One of the most common immigration related inquiries that we receive is in relation to DACA. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, is an important immigration policy designed to help non-citizen individuals who arrived in the United States early in life. Many people essentially grow up as Americans, yet they do not have a legal status. Under DACA, qualifying individuals can legally obtain a work permit, as well as being exempted from deportation. Deferred action is only a temporary measure, though in some cases it may be renewed upon expiration, and it can even lead to permanent resident status, if the DACA recipient is married to a US Citizen.
The qualification requirements for DACA include age of immigration, date of birth, and other factors. A proposed expansion is slated to clear the way for a greater number of childhood immigrants, as well as including certain people who have one or more children who are lawful American citizens. The expansion for parent of US Citizens is typically referred to as DAPA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. However, DAPA was not enacted on the originally planned date, due to legal challenges.
We have included a number of downloadable documents on this page, to help you understand the requirements and details of deferred action, as well as to reflect the most recent legal standing of these measures. We also ask that you review our blog at www.musingsonimmigration.blogspot.com for more information on the current status of DAPA and expanded DACA. If you qualify under the current policies for DACA, we can start processing your case right away. If we determine that you are likely to qualify under the expanded policy, we can help you begin laying the groundwork, and be prepared to move forward as soon as possible.
Our knowledgeable team will be happy to help you understand the laws, and help you choose the best path to reach your goals within the parameters of that law. Please understand that, because these policies are challenged and revised frequently, information on this website or other websites may not reflect the most recent regulations. If you have questions about deferred action, the current status of the policy, or how it might apply in your specific situation, please contact us and arrange to speak with one of our skilled and experienced immigration attorneys.