Deferred Action Programs

Expanded DACA and the New DAPA

Of all the actions the President announced on November 20, 2014, the most consequential is certainly the directive that expands the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and creates a new program for parents of American citizens and Legal Permanent Residents: the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DACA).

The new DACA program removes the upper age cap (currently at 30 years of age), moves the date-of-entry requirement forward to January 1, 2010, and extends the period of validity of DACA and its work authorization to three-years.

Deferred Action for Parental Accountability

Eligibility requirements for the new Deferred Action program (DAPA):

  • Have, as of November 24, 2014, a son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010;
  • Was physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014, without lawful immigration status;
  • Not be an enforcement priority as defined in the new Enforcement Priority memo;
  • Applicants will need to file an individualized application for Deferred Action and submit to background checks.

As with the new DACA, Deferred Action will be granted for a period of three years. Applicants will pay a work authorization and biometrics fees, currently set at $465

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