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