DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an option for illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors.
While DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, benefits parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents.
- You entered the U.S. as a minor and still had no legal status by June 15, 2012 (DACA)
- You do not hold a criminal record or have terrorist affiliations
- You are a parent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have lived in the country since January 1, 2010 (DAPA)
- You can prove that you have continuously lived in the U.S. for the required amount of time for DACA or DAPA
- Neither DACA, nor DAPA are a direct pathway to the American citizenship or a permanent legal status.
- The deferred actions are designed to lower the number of removals, which in 2013 reached a total of 438,421.
- 44% of all 2013 removals qualify as expedited orders. which means 178,000 illegal immigrants were returned to their country of origin through a process that did not require a removal order.
Actions Before Applying
Resources: Immigration Action Official Information - USCIS Website
Immigration Facts - The White House Website
Make sure you can meet every DACA or DAPA requirement before taking any further steps. You can check them all by visiting the official USCIS website and compare the information provided by your lawyer. Do not trust people with promises that seem too good to be true. Talk to a legal expert and avoid unnecessary trouble and delays.
Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s Immigration Action - Blog Post
New DACA Policies Memorandum - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Some of our areas of expertise include:
- Family-Based Immigration
- Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA)
- Citizenship and Naturalization
- Special Programs and Treaties
- Political Asylum
- Employment-Based Permanent Residency
- National Interest Waiver Visa
- Family Reunification
Eligible aliens would get a 3 year work permit and will not live in fear of deportation. They will be able to legally live and work in the United States of America and have access to better employment opportunities.
The executive action included DAPA as a way to protect parents of American Citizens and Permanent Residents from deportation. It is not a pathway to citizenship and its renewal is not guaranteed.
By extending temporary work permits to illegal immigrants, these people are able to find well remunerated jobs and contribute to the economy. DACA and DAPA recipients become legal workers, therefore, taxpayers.
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