On November 20th 2014, President Obama announced his plan to provide deferred action for 4-5 million undocumented persons residing in the U.S. While the executive order does not provide legal status or a pathway to citizenship, qualifying parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) will be eligible to receive work permits and temporary relief from deportation.
To qualify individuals must:
- Have a U.S. citizen/LPR child as of November 20, 2014;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 1, 2010;
- Be physically present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014 and at the time of application;
- Have now lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014;
- Not be considered an “enforcement priority” – defined as individuals with a range of criminal convictions (including certain types of misdemeanors)
- Pass a background check
DAPA status will be valid for three years and individuals will be able to file applications starting in the Spring of 2015. If you have questions about the process or would like assistance with your case, please contact our office.