Recently, USCIS made an official announcement that it would be opening its doors for applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) using the new and expanded guidelines on February 18, 2015 (USCIS.gov). According to “DACA II”, an individuals who has arrived in the United States under the age of 16 on or before January 1, 2010 would potentially be eligible for apply for DACA in addition to a work permit.
Adjusted Age Restriction
Under the DACA II guidelines and regulations, the age restriction for DACA II have changed. Currently, the age of the person who is filing (At the time of filing) is now irrelevant. The only age that is considered is the age of the potential applicant at the time of their arrival to the US.
DAPA Program Could Start in May 2015.
In addition to the expansion of the DACA program, President Obama’s executive action will include a provision for parents of US citizens and individuals who hold lawful permanent resident states who were born on or before November 20, 2014. Individuals who satisfy this guideline in addition to having maintained continuous residence in the US since January 1, 2010 may request deferred action and employment authorization for three years under the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. Those who meet these requirements and pass certain background checks will be able to apply. DAPA is scheduled to begin in May, 2015.
Always Work with a Licensed and Qualified Immigration Lawyer.
Individuals are always encouraged to work with a qualified immigration lawyer. This is because errors on DACA and DAPA applications can have negative effects that could include longer processing times, having to spend more money or even becoming disqualified from the program. Clients should avoid “notarios” or assistance from anyone who is not a licensed and qualified immigration attorney.
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