DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTS OF AMERICANS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS (DAPA)

DAPA was announced in November of 2014 along with the expansion of DACA.  This program provides temporary relief (deferred action) from deportation to parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents.  DAPA is structurally similar to the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program currently administered by the USCIS in that they are both designed to provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization (DAPA grants will last 3 years).  According to a UWD [www.unitedwedream.org] 4.4 million people could benefit from this program.

CRITERIA

  • Are the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child on November 20, 2014;

  • Child can be a minor or adult and single or married;

  • Have continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010, to the present;

  • Physically present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014, and at the time of filing the application;

  • Did not have lawful status on November 20, 2014; and

  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanor offenses.

  • While there are other requirements, these are the most basic in order to qualify for DAPA.